If you don’t have time the next two nights to watch all eight games of the Sweet 16, here are the three you want to try to rearrange your schedule to see.
Kentucky vs. West Virginia
9:45 p.m. (approx.) ET Thursday, CBS
This one is intriguing simply because everyone wants to see if Kentucky will continue on its run and stay undefeated. Throw in the fact that West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr. guaranteed victory against the Wildcats yesterday, and we could be in for a great one. West Virginia does pose a threat to Kentucky, as Bob Huggins is 8-2 against John Calipari all time. West Virginia will have their hands full with all of the size that Kentucky has (but there is no team in the land as big as Kentucky). If the Mountaineers can successfully run their Press Virginia defense, then it may be on the brink of a huge upset. It will take a full 40-minute effort by the West Virginia to win this one though.
Notre Dame vs. Wichita St.
7:15 p.m. ET Thursday, CBS
The match-up of the guards should be awesome in this game. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant is one of the best players in the country not only lighting it up from the floor, but also getting above the rim. Fellow Irish guard Pat Connaughton has shown he is primed to step up in big situations. Connaughton was able to make a huge block in the Irish’s game against Butler to send it to overtime. Oh yeah, he can throw a 96 mph fastball too. On the other side for Wichita, Fred VanVleet can blow by defenses and spread the wealth on offense. Ron Baker has shown he can be the go-to guy for the Shockers as well. The Shockers will be ready for this one after they were able to upset in-state foe Kansas to reach the Sweet 16. If both teams play like they did in the round of 32, then this could be one of the best games of the whole tournament.
Oklahoma vs. Michigan St.
10:07 p.m. (approx.) ET Friday, TBS
This looks to be the best game of the Friday night slate. Oklahoma is highest seed left in the East region, but Michigan St. may look the best as of late. The Spartans are coming off upsetting No. 2 seed Virginia Cavaliers, 60-54. Tom Izzo has his bunch playing well in the tournament as he usually does. The Sooners will need Buddy Hield to shoot better than he did against Dayton on Sunday if they want to beat Sparty. This will be Oklahoma’s first game against a single digit seed in the tournament. This winner of this game is guaranteed to take on an ACC opponent in either Louisville or NC State in the Elite 8.