We’ve reached the Elite 8® in the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament, and with three No. 1-seeds and a No. 2 still alive in the four regions, the “elite” moniker fits half the bracket. But no one outside of their biggest boosters would have picked the remaining teams; three Pac-12 squads (USC, UCLA, and Oregon State) and an Arkansas team that hasn’t made it this far in the tournament since Bill Clinton’s first term.
It’s a fitting field for a March Madness® that’s been alternately predictable and highly unexpected. Undefeated Gonzaga continues to roll, Michigan is making up for the injury to Isaiah Livers with great team basketball, and Baylor has been, well, a bear. But both No. 12 Oregon State and No. 11 UCLA were able to pull off Sweet 16 upsets over Loyola Chicago and Alabama, respectively, while No. 6 USC has dominated opponents in the tournament, with their three wins coming by an average of 21 points.
So the Final Four could look either extremely surprising or unusually chalky depending on what happens over the next two days. Tonight’s Elite 8® games are on CBS (check out the graphic below or click here for more information on how to watch on Sling), while you can catch Tuesday’s games on TBS.
Elite Eight® Schedule
|Mon. March 29|
|Elite Eight||7:15 PM||(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61||CBS* >|
|Elite Eight||9:57 PM||(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72||CBS* >|
|Tue. March 30|
|Elite Eight||7:15 PM||(1) Gonzaga 85, (6) USC 66||TBS >|
|Elite Eight||9:57 PM||(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49||TBS >|
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