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March Madness: What to watch in Sunday’s matches?

Weekend one of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament concludes Sunday with eight games from Pittsburgh, Greenville, SC, Milwaukee and San Diego.

And by the end of the night, the initial field of 68 teams will be reduced to the last 16.

The remaining teams will then play starting Thursday in four regionals in Philadelphia (East), Chicago (Midwest), San Antonio (South) and San Francisco (West). By the end of play on March 27, there will remain a foursome of teams, and they will travel to the Final Four in New Orleans for the national semi-finals and the final on April 2 and 4.

On Sunday, some of the biggest names in men’s college basketball coaching will be on display, including Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski taking on his old friend, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, one last time before Krzyzewski retires after this season.

Villanova coach Jay Wright, who has won two of the last five national championships, as well as Auburn’s Bruce Pearl, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Texas’ Chris Beard and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey – all of whom are chasing their first titles – will also be in the lead. their teams.

Here’s what to watch out for (all times Eastern):

MICHIGAN STATE vs. DUKE | 5:15 p.m. | CBS

This will be the sixth NCAA tournament between a pair of coaches, the most ever. Krzyzewski, 75, is 12-3 against Izzo, 67, including a 3-2 record in the tournament .

“Here we go again… MSU vs. Duke and Coach Izzo vs. Coach K on Sunday!” tweeted Magic Johnson, who played at Michigan State: “America, you’re in for a treat!”

The two coaching legends are rivals on the pitch, but close off.

“He’s the example, he’s the role model for the rest of us to follow and hopefully I’m one of the guys he passes the baton to,” Izzo said in a TV interview.

“We’re good enough friends that he knows I have to compete on Sunday, and I know he has to, so it’s like the Hatfields and the McCoys, you go to war for a day, but respect and the admiration will be there for life.

The Spartans captured the last game in the Round of 16 in 2019, when they eliminated a Duke team consisting of current NBA players Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish.

One thing to watch will be the health of Duke junior winger Wendell Moore Jr., who slipped on the floor and made a full split in Duke’s win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday.

“Wendell is injured, I hope he will be fine for Sunday, Krzyzewski said in a television interview. This floor. It looks like a floor where they play hockey here. Everyone was slipping. We have to be careful, he could pinched his hip.”

Purdue vs. Texas | 8:40 p.m. | DTT

Purdue’s Painter is considered one of the best coaches in the industry, but despite all his success – four appearances in the 16 finals and one in the final eight – he never made it to a Final Four.

To have a chance this season, he will need to defeat a coach who got his playoff number Beard of Texas is 2-0 against Purdue in the tournament In 2016, Beard led 12th seed Arkansas Little Rock over No. 5-seeded Purdue, 85-83, in double overtime. As Texas Tech coach two years later, Beard led the Red Raiders over Purdue, 78-65, to advance to the round of 16.

Beard is 10-3 in the NCAA Tournament, 5-0 in the first round. But now he has to face Purdue’s vaunted frontcourt of 7-foot-4 Zach Edey and 6-10 Trevion Williams. Texas will also have to find a way to stay ahead of Boilermakers 6-4 star sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, a projected NBA lottery pick who is averaging 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

The Big 12 went perfect 6-0 in the first two days of the tournament while the Big Ten went 6-3.

Of the Big 12, Kansas, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas Christian and Iowa State all won their first-round games by averaging 23 points. The No. 9 seed TCU, who finished tied for fifth of the league, hammered No. 8 seed Seton Hall of the Big East, 69-42, in the final game of the first round on Friday night. No. 11 seed Iowa State, chosen last in a Big 12 preseason poll, knocked out No. 7 seed Louisiana State, 59-54, as freshman guard Tyrese Hunter became the second player in tournament history with seven 3-pointers and five steals in a game. The other player was Stephen Curry, the NBA superstar who played for Davidson.

The famed Big Ten, considered by many to be the deepest conference in the nation, had six teams remaining after the first round, including Wisconsin and Illinois, who shared the regular-season title and overcame separate scares Friday. , held off No. 14 seed Colgate, while No. 4 seed Illinois trailed No. 13 seed Chattanooga until the final 45 seconds.

Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech | 7:10 p.m. | TBS

A qualifying round team has advanced to at least the Round of 16 in 10 of the last 11 NCAA tournaments, and the No. 11 seeded Notre Dame is the latest to do so.

After edging Rutgers into double overtime in a game that started Wednesday night and ended after midnight Thursday, coach Mike Brey and company flew to San Diego, where they had to turn around and play the sixth-seeded Alabama in the round of 16 on Friday afternoon. They advanced, 78-64, thanks in large part to junior guard Cormac Ryan, a New York native who had 29 points while making 7 of 9 3-pointers.

After the game, Brey jokingly told his team in the locker room, “Hey, you know what’s great? At least we don’t have to get on a plane tonight. Should we get on a plane and fly a little because it worked for us?”

The Irish presumably stayed in San Diego without flying, which is just as well. They needed all the rest they could get before a tough game with No. 3 seed Texas Tech.

Whatever else you do on Sunday, catching the Duke-Michigan State game, which clocks in at 5:15 p.m. EST, should be top priority. Every time Duke plays now, it could end up being Krzyzewski’s last game.

Kick things off after lunch with a 12:10 tip between Houston, a Final Four team a year ago, and Illinois. Then head to Ohio State-Villanova at 2:40 p.m. in a matchup of two of the sport’s top programs. Both of these games are scheduled to air on CBS.

For late night entertainment, the 8:40 tip between Texas and Purdue should be electric.

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