Get your finger on that boss button and settle in for a day of procrastination with KSR’s Guide to the Madness. First, if you’re not around a TV, here’s the link to watch all of the games online: MARCH MADNESS LIVE
Thursday’s early afternoon games are:
(14) Valparaiso vs. (3) Michigan State, 12:15 p.m. ET (CBS), MIDWEST, Auburn Hills, Mich.
I think the saying goes: “Never bet against Tom Izzo in March.” The Spartans are coming into the tournament under the radar, and should have little trouble with Valpo. If anything, spend the early game marveling how old Tom Izzo looks these days.
(11) Bucknell vs. (6) Butler, 12:40 p.m. ET (TruTV), EAST, Lexington, Ky.
The first game in Rupp will feature college basketball’s darling, Butler, facing a physical Bucknell team. Bucknell’s Mike Muscala is the best player on the floor, but I like Brad Stevens and Butler too much to bet against them. Plus, that dog is adorable, even if it looks like it’s humping that basketball.
(9) Wichita State vs. (8) Pittsburgh, 1:40 p.m. ET (TBS), WEST, Salt Lake City
If not for the St. Louis Billiken, the Wichita State “Shocker” would be the oddest mascot in college basketball. Regardless, this will be a defensive slugfest, with both teams famous for gritty, tough schemes. First to 60 wins?
(13) New Mexico State vs. (4) Saint Louis, 2:10 p.m. ET, (TNT), MIDWEST, San Jose, Calif.
Ah yes, the Billikens. I have St. Louis getting beat in the Sweet 16 by Louisville (ugh), but they should cruise by New Mexico State, even though they have a guy who is 7’5″ and looks like Andre the Giant in Sim Bhullar.
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