The opening day of the 2023 NCAA Tournament is in the books, and the second day is scheduled to get underway at 12:15 p.m. ET when Michigan State and USC tip things off inside Nationwide Arena on Ohio State’s campus. After that, you can sit back and enjoy one compelling game after another as the first round comes to a conclusion.
There are multiple conference champion vs. conference champion matchups in within an hour. First it’s West Coast Conference co-champ Saint Mary’s against Atlantic 10 champ VCU at 2 p.m. ET. Then it’s Big East champ Marquette vs. America East champ Vermont at 2:45 p.m. ET.
At least one First Four team has made the second round in nine of the past 10 seasons. Will Pitt and/or Arizona State be the next? Jeff Capel’s Panthers beat Mississippi State in Tuesday’s First Four game while Bobby Hurley’s Sun Devils beat Nevada in Wednesday’s First Four game. Now Pitt is a 4.5-point underdog against Iowa State in a game scheduled to tip at 3:10 p.m. ET on Friday, and Arizona State is a 5.5-point underdog against TCU in a game scheduled to tip roughly seven hours later. So if the First-Four-to-the-Round-of-32 trend is going to continue, either the Panthers or the Sun Devils will have to pull an upset.
Meantime, John Calipari will be trying to win a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 when Kentucky plays Providence at 7:10 p.m. ET. Among the storylines is that Providence’s best player, Bryce Hopkins, started his college career at Kentucky. Last season, at UK, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game; Calipari just couldn’t find him minutes. But Providence coach Ed Cooley committed to Hopkins early this season and is playing him 34.8 minutes per game. The result is Hopkins averaging a team-high 16.1 points and and team-high 8.5 rebounds while earning First Team All-Big East honors.
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Author : Gary Parrish
Publish date : 2023-03-17 15:10:21
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