ARLINGTON, Texas (Sporting Alert) — The NCAA March Madness Tournament heats up on Sunday with two Elite Eight games which are expected to draw lots of attention from college basketball fans across the nation.
Fourth-seed Michigan and third-seed Florida will square off first at 2:20 PM ET, before overall top seed Louisville, the only No. 1 seeded team left in the NCAA tourney, take on the sharp shooting Duke at 5:05.
After putting away No. 1 Kansas in their sweet-16 game on Friday, Michigan (29-7) take on Florida (29-7) at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
The Wolverines have been impressive in the tournament so, but the outstanding victory over the Jayhawks in overtime, after falling to a double digit deficit, has installed new life in the campaign.
“A lot of people doubted us, a lot of people thought we were too young, not tough enough. And I think we’ve proved people wrong over the last couple of weeks,” said Trey Burke, who lead the fightback with some big buckets down the stretch, including the long-long range three-pointer that send the game into overtime.
“I think we understood we have what it takes to be a young team that can go far in this tournament. … Being young isn’t an excuse.
“It’s definitely crazy. Just to get this program moving back in the right direction means a lot to us.”
Florida, in the meantime, have been quietly going about their business in the tourney with coach Billy Donovan team surviving one of their biggest test to dump Florida Gulf Coast in their last outing.
However, the Gators may have to make some noise come Sunday if they want to get past a very energetic Michigan side hungry for success.
Meanwhile, tournament favourites Louisville (32-5) showed why they have been billed as the team to beat when they took down the Oregon Ducks 77-69 in their sweet-16 contest.
The victory was the Cardinals’ 13th consecutive and only a small group of people would dare to beat against them beating Duke in the East Region finals.
At the same time though, Louisville will remain that of the five defeats suffered this season, one of those came at the hands of the Blue Devils (30-5) on Nov. 24, a game that was also played at a neutral location. Duke won 76-71.
NCAA Tournament- March Madness TV Channel
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
2:20 PM (4) Michigan vs (3) Florida – CBS
5:05 PM (2) Duke vs (1) Louisville – CBS