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March Madness 2017: Friday Sweet Sixteen Open Thread

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Two Baylors, a Texas, and Frank Martin are all on display tonight.

Imagine Butler, Gonzaga, and Xavier all in the Elite Eight.
Imagine Butler, Gonzaga, and Xavier all in the Elite Eight.
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It’s Live Thread time once again!

Tonight, the men’s NCAA Tournament field gets whittled down the the final eight contestants as the South and East Regionals get under way. Our attention early will largely be directed at New York, where a team K-State beat twice this season takes on a coach who used to be K-State’s coach. That’s right, Baylor vs South Carolina is just around the corner, and there’s not much doubt as to whom most of you are going to be pulling for. North Carolina and Butler take up the other early slot.

In comparison, the late games are rather boring from a “root for someone” perspective, as there are good reasons to hate (or at least be utterly apathetic toward) all four teams. On the other hand, if big-time matchups of blue blood programs is your thing, well, pull up a recliner. We’ve got UCLA-Kentucky lined up for you. And if more recent power squads is your thing, you can suffer through Wisconsin-Florida.

Remember, nobody wants to watch Wisconsin.

Except Gracey. She’s weird.

Friday’s Men’s Sweet Sixteen Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
South (1) North Carolina vs (4) Butler Memphis TN 6:09pm CBS Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
East (3) Baylor vs (7) South Carolina New York City NY 6:39pm TBS Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
South (3) UCLA vs (2) Kentucky Memphis TN 8:29pm CBS Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
East (8) Wisconsin vs (4) Florida New York City NY 8:59pm TBS Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce

The women swing into Sweet Sixteen action tonight as well, and tonight’s half of the bracket is stacked. None of tonight’s teams are any lower than a five seed. That includes K-State’s final opponent, Stanford, who’ll take on Texas; the Baylor women are also in action.

Friday’s Women’s Sweet Sixteen Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Lexington (1) Notre Dame vs (5) Ohio State Lexington KY 6:06pm ESPN Beth Mowins / Deb Antonelli / Allison Williams
Oklahoma City (2) Mississippi State vs (3) Washington Oklahoma City OK 6:11pm ESPN2 Pam Ward / Gail Goestenkors / Kaylee Hartung
Oklahoma City (1) Baylor vs (4) Louisville Oklahoma City OK 8:00pm ESPN2 Pam Ward / Gail Goestenkors / Kaylee Hartung
Lexington (2) Stanford vs (3) Texas Lexington KY 8:00pm ESPN Beth Mowins / Deb Antonelli / Allison Williams