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2017 NCAA Tournament “Sweet Sixteen” - Day 1: Schedule, TV Listings & Open Thread

#1 Gonzaga almost slipped up against #8 Northwestern. Can they keep their Final Four hopes alive against #4 West Virginia?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Gonzaga vs Northwestern Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

With the field now whittled down to just sixteen remaining teams, the NCAA Tournament will heat up on Thursday, featuring four juggernaut contests that each contain their own batch of story-lines and intrigue.

Oregon and Michigan kick-off the day’s slate with a battle of two of the hottest team in the tournament, while Game Two will feature a super-efficient Gonzaga team go up against the chaotic style of “Press Virginia”. That duo of games will be followed by Kansas and Purdue, who meet in a classic battle of mid-western powerhouse programs. The nightcap of Arizona and Xavier will then showcase two of the country’s more intriguing teams, as head coaches Sean Miller and Chris Mack both try to keep hopes alive for their first ever trip to the Final Four.

The return of the NCAA Tournament also means another round in our BTD Yahoo! Tournament Pick ‘Em Bracket Pool, which has seen a large amount of reshuffling on the leaderboard over the past few days. The “Top 5” can be found below:

1. Dayo - “Uncle Drew gets buckets” (47 points)

2. Sam - “Sam42896” (45 points)

T-3. Randy Duncan - “Randy Duncan one” (44 points)

T-3. The_Coach - “The_Coach” (44 points)

T-3. Jacob - “Jacob’s Bold” (44 points)

Let the madness continue!

The Schedule

Midwest - #3 Oregon v. #7 Michigan (4:09 PM PT, CBS)

West - #1 Gonzaga v. #4 West Virginia (4:30 PM PT, TBS)

Midwest - #1 Kansas v. #4 Purdue (6:39 PM PT, CBS)

West - #2 Arizona v. #11 Xavier (7:09 PM PT, TBS)