Coming into Friday night’s NCAA Tournament games, very few — if any — who weren’t wearing scarlet and gray, expected the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes to be able to defeat the red-hot Big 12 Tournament champs, the No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones. Yet, behind a dominating performance by Kaleb Wesson — coupled with an outstanding evening by Keyshawn Woods — the Buckeyes extended their season by at least one more game.
Next up for OSU is Kelvin Sampson’s third-seeded Houston Cougars, the American Athletic Conference regular season champions. The Cougs have gone 32-3 on the season, including a 16-2 mark in conference. However, they fell in the finals of their conference tournament against the Cincinnati Bearcats; the team that OSU knocked off to open the season.
We will have much more about Houston throughout the weekend as we work our way up to Sunday night’s game, but first let’s make sure that we’ve got our schedules lined up appropriately.
The Buckeye-Cougar second round game will tip at approximately 8:40 p.m. ET/7:40 p.m. CT on Sunday night. The game will follow the matchup between the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders and the No. 6 Buffalo Bulls, which is slated to start at 6:10 p.m. ET. Both of Sunday’s games in Tulsa, Oklah. will be broadcast on TNT and will feature the broadcast team of Brad Nessler, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin, and Ohio State legend Jim Jackson on the call, with Evan Washburn patrolling the sidelines.
Check out the entire weekend’s schedule of NCAA Tournament action:
NCAA Tournament Round of 32 | Saturday
|LSU vs. Maryland||Saturday||Jacksonville I||12:10 p.m.||CBS||Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl|
|Kentucky vs. Wofford||Saturday||Jacksonville II||After conc. 1||CBS||Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl|
|Michigan vs. Florida||Saturday||Des Moines I||5:15 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson|
|Florida State vs. Murray State||Saturday||Hartford I||6:10 p.m.||TNT||Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen|
|Gonzaga vs. Baylor||Saturday||Salt Lake City I||7:10 p.m.||TBS||Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington|
|Michigan State vs. Minnesota||Saturday||Des Moines II||After conc. 1||CBS||Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson|
|Purdue vs. Villanova||Saturday||Hartford II||After conc. 1||TNT||Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen|
|Kansas vs. Auburn||Saturday||Salt Lake City II||After conc. 1||TBS||Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington|
NCAA Tournament Round of 32 | Sunday
|Tennessee vs. Iowa||Sunday||Columbus I||12:10 p.m.||CBS||Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce|
|North Carolina vs. Washington||Sunday||Columbus II||After conc. I||CBS||Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce|
|Duke vs. UCF||Sunday||Columbia I||5:15 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson|
|Texas Tech vs. Buffalo||Sunday||Tulsa I||6:10 p.m.||TNT||Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn|
|Virginia Tech vs. Liberty||Sunday||San Jose I||7:10 p.m.||TBS||Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude|
|Virginia vs. Oklahoma||Sunday||Columbia II||After conc. I||truTV||Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson|
|Houston vs. Ohio State||Sunday||Tulsa II||After conc. I||TNT||Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn|
|Oregon vs. UC Irvine||Sunday||San Jose II||After conc. I||TBS||Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude|