The focus of tomorrow for the reader's of Rock Chalk Talk will be on the much anticipated matchup between Kansas and Wichita State, but Sunday's slate presents us with perhaps the best day of games since Thursday. There will be a lot of chalk on the schedule, which makes for a number of games that project to be close.
How To Watch
Games throughout the tournament will air on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV. If you're one of the many people who never watch truTV, they've made a website to help you find it. Games will also be live streamed on the NCAA March Madness Live website or you can head on over to their mobile page and download their app for your smart phone or tablet.
Sunday's Game Schedule
Games Of The Day
#7 Michigan State vs. #2 Virginia
This one is a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 when the Spartans pulled out a two-point win over Virginia. This year's Cavaliers are much improved, using one of the country's best defenses to keep opponent's in check. Tony Bennett's pack line defense will be put to the test by one of the top 20 offenses in the country.
Michigan State is led by forward Denzel Valentine and guard Travis Trice, but perhaps the most important player for the Spartans' is 6-foot-6 Branden Dawson. Dawson scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in last year's victory over Virginia. KenPom's FanMatch favors the Cavaliers by six.
#5 West Virginia vs. #4 Maryland
Kansas and Wichita State will face off in the most exciting matchup of the day, but this one is likely a close second. KenPom predicts just a one point West Virginia victory. Maryland will need both of its star guards, Melo Trimble and Dez Wells, to play to their potential. Trimble and Wells combined for 28 points in the Terrapins' win over Valparaiso in the round of 64.
West Virginia will attempt to counter Maryland's guard play with their high pressure defense, which is turning opponents over on 28.1 percent of possessions this season. The Mountaineers also got a boost on Friday as senior guard Juwan Staten returned from injury to score 15 points and dish out seven assists in West Virginia's win over Buffalo.
#8 San Diego State vs. #1 Duke - This one will be interesting as San Diego State looks to slow down the pace against a more talented Duke squad. The Aztecs have a slew of big men to throw at Jahlil Okafor, which could help create different looks to slow down the projected top NBA draft pick. An underrated storyline to keep an eye on: Steve Fisher's Fab Five squad from Michigan lost to Duke in the 1992 NCAA title game. He's got a chance for revenge on Sunday.
#11 Dayton vs. #3 Oklahoma - Dayton is one of the more intriguing cases in the tournament having played a few near home games to get into the third round. The Flyers' pack line defense will be put to the test by Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield on Sunday. The Sooners will also have massive size advantage inside where TaShawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler could dominate.
#7 Iowa vs. #2 Gonzaga - Two top 30 offenses face off in the South region with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Iowa's Aaron White broke out in a 31-point win over Davidson by scoring 26 points on just 14 shots. The Bulldogs will look to use their height inside to handle the Hawkeyes.
#8 Oregon vs. #1 Wisconsin - Oregon won an exciting 79-73 game over Oklahoma State in the second round and their ability to score will be put to the test once again when the Ducks face on of the most efficient offenses in recent college basketball history. The Badgers can legitimately play five out basketball, which will put Oregon's 123rd ranked defense to the test.
#5 Northern Iowa vs. #4 Louisville - Northern Iowa vs. Louisville pits two of the nation's best power forwards against one another. The Panthers' Seth Tuttle scored 14 points against Wyoming in the round of 64 while Montrezl Harrell struggled, scoring just eight points on eight shots against UC Irvine. KenPom predicts a two point Northern Iowa victory.