By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 24, 2014
After an exciting weekend of college basketball, the Sweet 16 is set. Of course, after all the upsets and surprises during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, not all Sweet 16 matchups are created equal. There’s bound to be a couple of uninspired matchups at this stage of the tournament, but most will be can’t-miss games. Here are the top five must-see games in this year’s Sweet 16.
These two teams met early in the season with the Wildcats winning, and now things are coming full circle. The Aztecs are going to enjoy getting a second shot at Arizona with much higher stakes than their game in November. San Diego State's great defense should make this a competitive game that's close for all 40 minutes.
The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament should finally get a challenge from a UCLA team that's flown under the radar nationally this season. Florida hasn't played too many teams in the SEC this season that have the talent UCLA does, giving the Bruins a real shot at pulling off the upset over the top-ranked Gators.
In terms of matchups, this may be the most compelling game of the Sweet 16. Wisconsin can really spread the floor and shoot it from deep, while Baylor just dismantled a Creighton team that does exactly that. The Badgers have more weapons than Creighton does, so their shooting ability against the athletes in Baylor's zone will be fascinating to watch.
Michigan State has received a lot of love for its late-season surge, but since the start of January, Virginia has arguably been the best team in the country. Both teams can really defend, so this may not be the prettiest game of the weekend. However, this game will be like watching a heavyweight fight, and the winner will have an excellent chance at winning the national championship.
This game has too many storylines not to be the highlight of the weekend. These two are fierce instate rivals, and they'll be playing not too far from home in Indianapolis. They're also the last two national champions, and they met in the Final Four two years ago. Kentucky won the regular season meeting in Lexington, but these two teams have changed a lot since that game, so there's no telling what's going to happen this time around.
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