Though Ohio State fans are busy concerning themselves with whether or not the Buckeyes will be able to slow down Iowa State's high paced, three point happy offensive attack, a number of prominent fan bases across the country wish they could be so lucky. After getting their first one seed in program history, Gonzaga gave cynical populists fuel for their group think fire by laying an egg against another mid-major, the 9th seeded Wichita State Shockers as they became the first 1 to fall in 2013. Fourth seeded Saint Louis, a sleeper Elite Eight pick for some, were dispelled by 12th seeded (and Pac-12 Tournament champs) Oregon.
The rest of the higher seeds on Saturday afternoon and evening took care of business, but it wasn't always pretty. Fourth seeded Michigan dominated VCU in a game some had pegged as a probable upset, 78-53. The Michigan State Spartans also more than looked their three seed in routing the Memphis Tigers, 70-48. Louisville had #1 overall seed written all over them in their 82-56 win over Colorado State. And Arizona continued to impress by ending Harvard's Cinderella run, 74-51.
But before we can move on to the Sweet 16 (and ultimately the Elite Eight), we've got some games to determine. Besides the Buckeyes' leading the way, there's a ton of other good action to keep you on your couch Sunday. The Indiana Hoosiers look to make it to yet another Sweet 16 against the Temple Owls in other Dayton action before we see Roy Williams and his North Carolina Tar Heels face his former team in Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. The lone other Big Ten side, Tubby Smith's Minnesota Golden Gophers, take on the KenPom metric favored Florida Gators in an early evening clash. And of couse you'll want to see if the clock strikes 12 on Georgetown upsetters, Florida Gulf Coast, as they take on San Diego State, the lone remaining Mountain West team.
TruTV returns for one more engagement (the 12 v. 13 Ole Miss/La Salle clash), but otherwise, it's CBS, TBS, and TNT across the board. Here's your final first three round Sunday action schedule:
Sunday, March 24 (Third-round games from Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, and Philadelphia)
Iowa State vs. Ohio State, 12:15 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Tracy Wolfson)
Temple vs. Indiana, 2:45 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Tracy Wolfson)
North Carolina vs. Kansas, 5:15 p.m. EDT (CBS - 1010, Time Warner Columbus) (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager)
Minnesota vs. Florida, 6:10 p.m. EDT (TNT - 1203, Time Warner Columbus) (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)
Florida Gulf Coast vs. San Diego State, 7:10 p.m. EDT (TBS - 1202, Time Warner Columbus) (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Lewis Johnson)
La Salle vs. Ole Miss, 7:40 p.m. EDT (truTV - 1220, Time Warner Columbus) (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager)
Illinois vs. Miami, 8:40 p.m. EDT (TNT - 1203, Time Warner Columbus) (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)
Creighton vs. Duke, 9:40 p.m. EDT (TBS - 1202, Time Warner Columbus) (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Lewis Johnson)