2016 NCAA Tournament Sunday Second Round Preview and Predictions

Elgin Cook and the Ducks look to ride their No. 1 seed and impressive opening game showing to the Sweet 16

Unlike Thursday, Friday’s NCAA Tournament matchups featured plenty of upsets and great finishes. Sunday should offer more of the same as there are some Cinderella teams looking for their Sweet 16 glass slipper.

 

Here's a breakdown of the games on Sunday that will determine the rest of the Sweet 16 participants.

 

NCAA Tournament Saturday Second Round Games

Note: All times Eastern, some start times are approximate

 

No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 2 Villanova Wildcats

TV: 12:10 p.m. ET, CBS

Site: Brooklyn (South Region)

Preview: Villanova has a bad reputation for losing Round of 32 games. Can these Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16?

 

The Wildcats were very impressive in their 86-56 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday, especially with their shooting. They were 13-of-28 from 3-point range and the Wildcats will look to do the same against the Hawkeyes.

 

Iowa will likely need to rebound better to defeat Villanova. The Hawkeyes were outrebounded by Temple 49-38. If the Hawkeyes can win the rebounding battle, this will help set up second-chance opportunities.

 

Iowa barely defeated Temple, so expect Villanova's depth to be a problem for the Hawkeyes.

 

Prediction: Villanova 73, Iowa 66


Related: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Villanova Wildcats Preview and Prediction

 

No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

TV: 2:40 p.m ET, CBS

Site: Brooklyn (East Region)

Preview: Can the Lumberbacks pull off another upset? Stephen F. Austin shocked the West Virginia Mountaineers 70-56 so don’t expect Notre Dame to intimidate this team. The Irish have been inconsistent all season long, but they have the talent to make a deep run.

 

This game will come down to if Travis Walkup has another big time game as he did against the Mountaineers when he scored 33 points.

 

Stephen F. Austin has an excellent defense and has the ability to put the clamps down on Notre Dame. The Lumberjacks should win a very close game.

 

Prediction: Stephen F. Austin 65, Notre Dame 63

 

No. 10 VCU Rams vs. No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners

TV: 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Site: Oklahoma City (West Region)

Preview: Can the Rams make it to another Sweet 16? Oklahoma got more than it bargained for in the first round against CSU Bakersfield. While the Sooners won 82-68, the game was closer than the final score indicated.

 

VCU will attempt to shut down Buddy Hield by forcing turnovers and establishing a strong presence in the painted area. If the Rams can rattle the Sooners offense, they will be able to push the tempo and get some fast break opportunities.

 

VCU is going to nag Oklahoma all game long, but the Rams will have a hard time dealing with the Sooners’ size. Oklahoma wins, but it will be close.

 

Prediction: Oklahoma 69, VCU 65

 

Related: VCU Rams vs. Oklahoma Sooners Preview and Prediction

 

No. 15 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. No. 10 Syracuse Orange

TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, TBS

Site: St. Louis (Midwest Region)

Preview: Which double-digit seed will advance? Syracuse silenced the doubters who said the Orange shouldn't even be in the Tournament by rolling over Dayton 70-51. On Sunday, they will have to defeat a Middle Tennessee team that pulled off the biggest shocker of the tournament.

 

The Blue Raiders upset No. 2 Michigan State 90-81. Middle Tennessee knocked down 11 3-pointer in the victory, something that will be necessary against Syracuse's patented 2-3 zone.

 

Talent-wise, Syracuse should win this one easily, but expect Middle Tennessee to put up a fight. However, don’t expect the Blue Raiders to have another great shooting game like they did against Michigan State.

 

Prediction: Syracuse 71, Middle Tennessee State 64

 

Related: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Syracuse Orange Preview and Prediction

 

No. 13 Hawaii Warriors vs. No. 5 Maryland Terrapins

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET. TBS

Site: Spokane (South Region)

Preview: Will Maryland underachieve again? Maryland has plenty of talent at each position and the Terrapins could potentially make a run at this year's Final Four. But Despite having an excellent point guard in Melo Trimble, a solid swingman in Rasheed Sulaimon and a dominating big man in Diamond Stone, the Terrapins have the tendency to play down to their opponents.

 

Hawaii will need to get great guard play from Quincy Smith and Roderick Bobbit, who loves to attack the basket. If Maryland can play disciplined basketball, they should defeat Hawaii by double digits.

 

Prediction: Maryland 77, Hawaii 61

 

Related: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Maryland Terrapins Preview and Prediction

 

No. 11 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies

TV: 7:40 p.m. ET, truTV

Site: Oklahoma City (West Region)

Preview: Can the Panthers do it again? On Friday, Northern Iowa won a thrilling game over No. 6 Texas, thanks to a half-court buzzer beater by Paul Jesperson. Now, the Panthers hope for a similar outcome against another team from Texas.

 

The Panthers uses four guards to attack the basket. Wes Washpun can attack the rim, but he also can knock down open 3-pointers. Texas A&M center Tyler Davis will need to be an enforcer in the paint to prevent Northern Iowa from getting easy shots.

 

Nothern Iowa will look to spread the floor against Texas A&M, just like it did against Texas.

 

Prediction: Northern Iowa 71, Texas A&M 67

 

No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 2 Xavier Musketeers

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT

Site: St. Louis (East Region)

Preview: Xavier is at its best when it works its offense inside-out. Trevon Bluiett can go to the basket, but has enough range to knock down an open 3-pointer.

 

If Wisconsin is going to win, the Badgers will need to keep the pace slow. While they have a ton of experienced players from last year's national championship game appearance, they simply do not have the athletes to keep up with the Musketeers.

 

Prediction: Xavier 60, Wisconsin 55

 

No. 9 Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. No. 1 Oregon Ducks

TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS

Site: Spokane (West Region)

Preview: Oregon is as balanced and athletic as any team in the Tournament. Chris Boucher scored 20 points in the Ducks' first round win over Holy Cross and they will need him and Elgin Cook to have another impressive performance on Sunday. 

 

St. Joseph’s loves to crash the boards and attack the basket. The Hawks don't have great size so they will need to rely on hitting their long-range shots.

 

Oregon's length is going to create some problems for St. Josephs’. The Ducks should win this game by double digits.

 

Prediction: Oregon 75, St. Joseph's 60

 

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, Pro Player Insiders and is a reporter for Sports Talk Florida. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.

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