Sweet 16 starts in NCAA Competition

Following a three-day breather after a weekend of mayhem, the guys’s NCAA Competition go back to action with the start of the Sugary food 16.

The very first of 4 video games in the West and East areas suggestions off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET when Michigan State plays Kansas State Following the Spartans-Wildcats clash will be Connecticut vs. Arkansas, which knocked off No. 1 seeded Kansas Florida Atlantic, which ended the Cinderella story for No. 16 seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, will handle Tennessee in the night’s 3rd video game, and a heavyweight face-off in between UCLA and Gonzaga will conclude the night.

Follow along for live updates throughout the remainder of the day.

GUYS’S COMPETITION: Total ratings and schedule

WOMEN’S COMPETITION: Total ratings and schedule

Las Vegas is now poised to be a center for college sports with a number of NCAA occasions arranged over the next a number of years, starting with Thursday’s West Regional at T-Mobile Arena. From golf to bowling to hockey– the 2026 Frozen 4 will likewise be held here– the NCAA logo design will quickly be as common on the Las Vegas Strip as advertisements for celeb chef dining establishments and Cirque du Soleil reveals.

It will all lead up to 2028, when the NCAA brings its crown gem occasion, the guys’s Last 4, here for the very first (and most likely not last) time.

” It was simply overcoming the preconception that it was Las Vegas,” stated Jim Livengood, the long time sports director at Washington State, Arizona and UNLV.

— Dan Wolken

With Mick Cronin in charge, the projection for UCLA’s storied basketball program stays constantly bright The Bruins remain in the Sugary food 16 of the guys’s NCAA Competition for the 3rd straight season.

Up next: a rematch versus Gonzaga, which at the 2021 Last 4 lasted longer than UCLA in overtime, 93-90.

” We’re 4 video games far from hanging a 12th banner,” Cronin stated, describing UCLA’s 11 championship games. “That’s how we take a look at it. That’s how we speak about it.”

— Josh Peter

The guys’s Sugary food 16 round suggestions Thursday night, with action in the Huge Apple and Sin City.

► No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Michigan State

Time/TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, TBS

► No. 4 Connecticut vs. No. 8 Arkansas

Time/TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS

► No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic

Time/TV: 9 p.m. ET, TBS

► No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Gonzaga

Time/TV: 9:45 p.m. ET, CBS

The 2022 Last 4 in guys’s basketball was, in the end, controlled by bluebloods. This year’s variation might be more about new members.

Of the 16 staying groups, just 4 have actually won a champion (Michigan State, UCLA, UConn, Arkansas). 3 of those remain in the very same area, so there’s a high likelihood that someone brand-new will be lowering the webs in Houston.

7 of the Sugary food 16 groups (Alabama, Creighton, Florida Atlantic Miami, San Diego State, Tennessee and Xavier) have never ever even been to a Last 4. We ranked them in order of their possibilities to make the nationwide semifinals for the very first time.

— Eddie Timanus

Surprises and upsets specified the very first 2 rounds of the guys’s NCAA Competition, sending out a few of college basketball’s greatest names loading — consisting of Kansas, Purdue, Duke, Virginia and Kentucky — as Fairleigh Dickinson beat Purdue and Princeton topped Arizona and Missouri to compose 2 of the leading Cinderella stories in current competition history.

Amidst this flurry of unpredictability, what takes place next is anybody’s guess.

With the Sugary food 16 set to start, we detailed 8 lessons discovered from the very first weekend of the competition.

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