March Madness third round previews

Saturday Mayhem: Game capsules and previews

3/17/12 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 12 VCU, South Regional at Portland, Ore. 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS

How they got here:

No. 4 Indiana defeated No. 13 New Mexico State 79-66, No. 12 VCU defeated No. 5 Wichita State 62-59.

In one of Thursday's only exciting games, the Rams won a dogfight with Wichita State, surviving a last-second game-tying three-point attempt. Shaka Smart's squad has been here before--they went to the Final Four last season as a No. 11 seed. Indiana was never really challenged in its first round win over New Mexico State. Jordan Hulls led the way hitting four three pointers and scoring 22 points.

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 8 Iowa State, South Regional at Louisville, Ky. 7:45 p.m. ET, CBS

How they got here:

No. 1 Kentucky defeated No. 16 Western Kentucky 81-66, No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Connecticut 77-64.

The Wildcats were predictably dominant against an obviously inferior opponent in their first game. They jumped out to a big lead behing the play of sophomore Terrence Jones and freshman Anthony Davis and never looked back. The Cyclones, somewhat surprisingly, had a fairly easy time with the defending National Champion Huskies. Royce White, Iowa State's do-everything player, led the way with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 11 Colorado, South Regional at Albuquerque, N.M. 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT

How they got here:

No. 3 Baylor defeated No. 14 South Dakota State 68-60, No. 11 Colorado defeated No. 6 UNLV 68-64.

This game will be a bit of a reunion matchup, with two old Big 12 foes going up against one another (Colorado is now in the Pac-12). The Buffaloes controlled their game with UNLV and survived a late rally to pull the upset. They are one of the hottest teams in the tournament, coming off of a Pac-12 Tournament title. Baylor overcame a lackluster performance to down overmatched South Dakota State. The biggest question for the Bears is whether all of their athletic parts will play together as a team.

No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 New Mexico, West Regional at Portland, Ore. 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS

How they got here:

No. 4 Louisville defeated No. 13 Davidson 69-82, No. 5 New Mexico defeated No. 12 Long Beach State 75-68.

Both Louisville and New Mexico faced solid challenges from lesser teams, but staved them off to advance to the Round of 32. More people may have even picked Long Beach State than New Mexico. This Louisville-New Mexico game shapes up as a classic big-conference little-conference showdown.
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