Thursday's four Sweet Sixteen games were devoid of some of the massive, high-level drama we saw during the Round of 64 and the Round of 32 for the NCAA Tournament. That's to be expected; we've reached the point where the truly good teams advance, and simply beating one or two opponents thanks to the right match up gives way to the team ready to make the next giant leap.
Daxter Miles, Jr. is a name you probably don't know, but you should. The West Virginia freshman delivered a gem of thoughts for the Mountaineers' Sweet Sixteen game with undefeated, top-ranked Kentucky, when he said:
Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but...they're gonna be 36-1. They're gonna be 36-1
The Wildcats defeated West Virginia 78-39 and now sit one step away from the hallowed grounds of the Final Four. They're simply not chasing history, they're obliterating it. But if they misstep even one little bit, history will go up in smoke.
Kentucky takes on Notre Dame in a battle of wits in the Midwest Regional. The ACC Champion, Notre Dame, is one of those teams peaking at the exact right time, and this is taking on something of the right game at the exact right moment to determine who's going to be the best in the nation and the odds-on favorite. The Irish wiped out Wichita State 81-70 in a game that was close but not really. If there's one team surely to "wake up echoes" of the ghosts, it'll be Notre Dame, the team that ended the 88-game winning streak of UCLA back in the 70s.
Meanwhile, the West Regional always seemed to feel like one of those inevitable clashes was on the horizon. With Wisconsin as the top seed and Arizona as the second seed, we just knew they'd meet again in the Regional Final with a chance to go to the Final Four. It's a rematch of last year, one of those titan games one full year in the making. In the city where stars are born in Los Angeles, now they'll meet with a chance to do it again—the final chance for Frank Kaminsky as he hopes to put the final stamp on his illustrious career.
It's a short schedule, but here's the rundown of full times and television:
|Saturday, March 28, 2015||Time||TV|
|(2) Arizona Wildcats vs. (1) Wisconsin Badgers||6:09 PM||TBS|
|(3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (1) Kentucky Wildcats||8:49 PM||TBS|