While Ohio State asserted themselves as one of the few teams out west to look the part (what's up, Arizona?), brackets burned nationwide as Georgetown fell at the hands of former Miami giant killers, Florida Gulf Coast. Wisconsin, who just a week prior in Chicago looked capable of winning the whole thing, fell apart almost right on cue against Marshall Henderson and the Ole Miss Rebels. In the same pod, 13th seeded First Four play-in winners La Salle used the momentum from their opening win over Boise State to outlast and shock 4th seeded Kansas State, 63-61, despite hitting just three field goals in entire second half.
Joining the Ohio State Buckeyes across the country Friday looking themselves were the Florida Gators (79-47 winners against Northwestern State), the Indiana Hoosiers (who demolished James Madison, 83-62), and the Duke Blue Devils, who's 73-61 victory over Albany wasn't as close as the score indicated. Kansas, on the other hand, seemed completely willing to placate the Sun Belt's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' ambitions to become the first 16 seed ever defeat a 1 in the men's tournament before winning in spite of themselves, 64-57.
Now we move on to day three of the main event. The Gonzaga Bulldogs will seek to prove that their lull against the Southern Jaguars was just opening game jitters as they face fellow mid-major giants, the Wichita State Shockers. The Harvard Crimson continue their improbable run against Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats, while in one of the potential games of the day, the champions of the Pac-12 tournament, the Oregon Ducks, battle the Saint Louis Billikens.
TruTV is out of the mix today, so you'll only have to flip between CBS, TBS, and TNT. Here's your Saturday March Madness schedule:
Saturday, March 23 (Third-round games from Auburn Hills, Lexington, San Jose and Salt Lake City)
VCU vs. Michigan, 12:15 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Rachel Nichols)
Memphis vs. Michigan State, 2:45 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols)
Colorado State vs. Louisville, 5:15 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce)
Harvard vs. Arizona, 6:10 p.m. EDT (TNT - 1203, Time Warner Columbus) (Spiro Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/Jamie Maggio)
Oregon vs. Saint Louis, 7:10 p.m. EDT (TBS - 1202, Time Warner Columbus) (Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Marty Snider)
Butler vs. Marquette, 7:45 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Eagle/Spanarkel/LaForce)
Wichita State vs. Gonzaga, 8:40 p.m. EDT (TNT - 1203, Time Warner Columbus) (Dedes/Gottlieb/Maggio)
California vs. Syracuse, 9:40 p.m. EDT (TBS - 1202, Time Warner Columbus) (Anderson/Bonner/Snider)