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By DAN KARELL
With the field cut down to 32 teams, the 16 seeded squads all return to action on Sunday as they begin their paths to the College Cup.
Each school knows that there will be a new champion this year as last year’s national title winner, Indiana, were knocked out last Wednesday by Akron, who moved on to face Marquette. Elsewhere around the country, California host Bradley, UCLA host North Carolina-based Elon, and Notre Dame face a Wisconsin team that is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.
Other matches to keep an eye on today are Maryland vs. Providence, Seattle vs. Washington, and Stanford vs. CSU-Northridge. Seattle defeated another College Cup participant on Wednesday in an overtime victory against Creighton. Georgetown and Maryland are now the last two teams remaining from last year’s Final Four teams.
Here is a full rundown of all 16 second-round matches kicking off today:
NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)
1pm – Georgetown vs. Old Dominion
1pm – Michigan State vs. Louisville
1pm – Virginia vs. St. John’s
4:30pm – California vs. Bradley
5pm – Maryland vs. Providence
5pm – UC-Irvine vs. North Carolina
5pm – Wake Forest vs. Navy
5pm – UMBC vs. UConn
6pm – Marquette vs. Akron
7pm – Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin
7pm – Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina
7pm – New Mexico vs. George Mason
8pm – Washington vs. Seattle
9pm – UC Santa Barbara vs. Penn State
10pm – Cal State-Northridge vs. Stanford
11pm – UCLA vs. Elon
12 straight sweet 16s, Fear the Turtle!
Go Bears! Berkeley alumni need something to root for…
Small an upset…Anteaters over North Carolina
oops..smell an upset…however small
Good nose. Got ‘Eaters!
Got PAC 12 Network. Will watch my Bruins win after I watch The Timbers lose.
Big Ten Network is replaying American football games from yesterday. Notre Dame vs Wisconsin doesn’t rate a spot in the lineup.
These NCAA games should be on ESPN3 or another national platform. Making them filler programming for the league networks that nobody watches and/or doesn’t have access to is a mistake.
Oops, UCLA Basketball on. Twitter feed looks really good, though. I expect more games on TV as tournament progresses.
In ten years, all of these matches will be on ESPNFC, a new channel, representing the soaring interest in all things of the real football.