(Sporting Alert) — Duke, Wisconsin, Miami (FL), Indiana and Kansas are among the highlighted teams bowing into action in the 2013 NCAA March Madness Tournament on Friday.
Following the excitements, upsets and near misses on Thursday’s first day of section round action, college basketball fans with now turn their attention to the next set of fixtures.
Second-seed Duke Blue Devils are expected to attract most of the attention on Friday when they open against No. 15 Albany on CBS at 12:15.
Duke had also entered as the No. 2 seed last year, but fell early after being stunned by another 15th-seeded Lehigh in the second round.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose team was knocked out of the ACC tournament at the quarterfinals stage last week, wants his players to just focus on the present and forget about the good and the bad from the past.
“If we keep looking back at our experiences, then we would really get overconfident because we’ve won four national championships and been to 11 Final Fours,” Krzyzewski said.
“There’s no need to go back to good or bad experiences because not all these guys were involved in that.
“The best thing to do is to be involved in this experience, and we’re not reminding the seniors that they’ve won a national championship when they were freshmen.
“We’re not talking about what we did last year because it’s a totally different team.
“My feeling is stay in this moment. Whatever happened in the past, good or bad, has happened in the past.”
Duke will be looking for a win that would see them joining No. 1 Louisville, No. 4 Saint Louis and No. 3 Michigan State from the Midwest Region.
Also in action on Friday are No. 5 Wisconsin, which play against No. 12 Ole Miss, ACC champions No. 2 Miami (FL) go up against No. 15 Pacific, No. 1 Indiana will battle with No. 16 James Madison who picked up a win the First Four earlier this week, No. 1 Kansas against No. 16 Western Kentucky and No. 5 Wisconsin up against No. 12 Ole Miss.
NCAA March Madness Tournament Games
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
12:15 PM (15) Albany vs (2) Duke* CBS
12:40 PM (12) Ole Miss vs (5) Wisconsin* tru TV
1:40 PM (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State* TBS
2:10 PM (15) Pacific vs (2) Miami (FL)* TNT
2:45 PM (10) Cincinnati vs (7) Creighton* CBS
3:10 PM (13) La Salle vs (4) Kansas State* tru TV
4:10 PM (16) James Madison vs (1) Indiana* TBS
4:40 PM (10) Colorado vs (7) Illinois* TNT
6:50 PM (15) Florida Gulf Coast vs (2) Georgetown* TBS
7:15 PM (15) Iona vs (2) Ohio State* CBS
7:20 PM (9) Villanova vs (8) North Carolina* TNT
7:27 PM (14) Northwestern State vs (3) Florida* tru TV
9:20 PM (10) Oklahoma vs (7) San Diego State* TBS
9:45 PM (10) Iowa State vs (7) Notre Dame* CBS
9:50 PM (16) Western Kentucky vs (1) Kansas* TNT
9:57 PM (11) Minnesota vs (6) UCLA* tru TV