What to watch for in Saturday’s NCAA college basketball games
By Andy Staples and Andy Staples, USA TODAY SportsThe NCAA tournament is back, and it’s a good time to watch the action.
Here’s a rundown of Saturday’s marquee games, and some quick thoughts on how to watch.1.
Syracuse vs. Michigan State: Syracuse (16-14) plays the Wolverines (15-17) in its second-round game, which takes place at 7 p.m.
ET Saturday in Detroit.
Michigan St. beat Florida in the semifinals to advance to the Elite Eight.
Syracuse won its first six games before falling to Michigan in the Sweet 16, a 3-2 overtime loss.
The Orange will now play the No. 7 Spartans.2.
No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No 1 Baylor: Baylor (15:30 p..m.) plays No. 1 Gonzaga (14:35 p., ESPN2) in a second-Round game, scheduled for 5 p.r.m., Saturday in Dallas.
The No. 8 Bears beat No. 3 Gonzaga on Saturday, and Gonzaga won the first two games of the series to secure a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Bears lost the first game of the second round on Saturday.3.
Villanova vs. North Carolina: Villanova (18-8) plays North Carolina (17-13) in the second-rounder of the NCAA tourney.
the Tar Heels has not been played since 2009.
Villania beat the TarHeels in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament, but it did not play again in the tournament.
North Carlsons first win over Villanova in the tourney was a 101-95 victory in 2009, the first time in program history that it beat a No, 1 seed in a first-round match.4.
Marquette vs. Butler: Marquette (16:30 a.m.), the No, 2 seed in this weekend’s NCAA tournament game, faces Butler in a Round 2 match at 8:30 in the morning on ESPN2.
The Bulls defeated Marquette in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA tournament before losing to Marquette again in a quarterfinal this past season.
The Bulls have won six straight at Marquette and have won 10 of 11 overall.5.
Wisconsin vs. Xavier: Xavier (10:30), the No., 1 seed, faces Wisconsin in a third-round matchup at 10:30.
The Badgers lost to Xavier in the last game of their 2012 NCAA tourneys season, and Xavier will try to make up for that in the third round of this weekend.6.
Kansas vs. Duke: Kansas (10 a., 12:30) plays Duke in a round three match at 10 a. M.
The Blue Devils beat Duke in the 2015 NCAA tournament to advance.
The Wildcats beat Kansas again in last year’s NCAA tourns, losing to Duke in 2015.7.
North Texas vs. Baylor: North Texas (8 a. m.) plays Baylor (8:30 at ESPN) in an exhibition game for the third time in the 2014-15 season.
The Cowboys have lost four of their last five games and had a losing record in the exhibition series.8.
Florida State vs. Villanueva: Villanues last NCAA tournneys win over the Seminoles came in the 2011-12 season.
was in his final season with the Seminolees.
Villainues first win against Florida State was a 92-82 victory in the 2013 NCAA tournds.