No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 8 Colorado State
Colorado State looked really good on Thursday night as the Rams cruised past Missouri in the second round of the Midwest Region. Now granted, the Tigers weren’t up for much defense in that contest, but credit the Rams who withstood a couple of Missouri runs to cruise to victory. As for Louisville, well the Cardinals took care of business as expected against a North Carolina A&T squad that simply had no chance. Louisville tallied 20 steals in the game, so we know that the Cardinals are certainly going to be looking to force defensive pressure against all their opponents in this bracket.
Colorado State will need to control the tempo in this game if they have any chance of knocking off Louisville. Colton Iverson and Dorian Green will need to shine as usual, but you know that head coach Rick Pitino will have his Louisville team looking for a two-game sweep in Rupp Arena. The top seed in the bracket is one weekend win away from advancing to Indianapolis.
No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 14 Harvard
Ah yes, Harvard made the statement of the opening round, shocking No. 3 New Mexico for their first NCAA Tournament win in school history. The Crimson move forward to play No. 6 Arizona, who took care of No. 11 Belmont pretty convincingly on Thursday night. The Wildcats had to listen to a lot of upset talk in relation to their first round match-up against Belmont, but Arizona silenced the criticism pretty quickly.
Harvard will face another difficult test in this contest on Saturday, but can the Crimson win? Sure, why not. Harvard shocked the world once, can they do so again over the weekend? Arizona though, probably wants nothing to do with any more upset talk.