After a riveting win over Oregon in the Round of 32, No. 2 Wisconsin is headed to the Sweet 16. The Badgers will face No. 6 Baylor Thursday at approximately 6:47 p.m. CT on TBS. Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager will be on the call.
Baylor earned its Sweet 16 berth after routing No. 3 Creighton, 85-55 on Sunday. The Badgers and Bears have never met, though they do share two common opponents this season. Both teams beat Oral Roberts (Wisconsin 76-67 on Nov. 23; Baylor 81-55 on Dec. 30), while Baylor beat Nebraska (74-60 in the NCAA tournament opener Friday) and Wisconsin lost to the Huskers (77-68 in the regular-season finale on March 8).
If the Badgers manage a win Thursday, they would earn their first Elite Eight berth since 2005. Baylor, meanwhile, last made the Sweet 16 in 2012, its second-ever berth. Baylor made the Final Four back in 1948 before losing in the national championship game; it also reached the Final Four in 1950.
Baylor finished the season tied for sixth in the Big 12, though it has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Bears' zone defense was critical in shutting down the Bluejays, who entered the game with the nation's most efficient offense. Both Wisconsin and Baylor, though, bring powerful offenses into this game -- the Badgers rank fourth in KenPom.com's adjusted efficiency rankings (120.4) while the Bears are sixth (119.2).
We'll have much more on Baylor throughout the week. Until then, here's the complete Sweet 16 TV schedule.
Thursday's Sweet 16 games
|South||No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 10 Stanford||FedExForum (Memphis, TN)||7:15 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|West||No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 2 Wisconsin||Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)||7:47 p.m.||TBS||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager|
|South||No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 1 Florida||FedExForum (Memphis, TN)||9:45 p.m.||CBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|South||No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 1 Arizona||Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)||10:17 p.m.||TBS||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager|
Friday's Sweet 16 games
|Midwest||No. 11 Tennessee vs. No. 2 Michigan||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)||7:15 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|East||No. 7 UConn vs. No. 3 Iowa State||Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)||7:27 p.m.||TNT||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|
|Midwest||No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Louisville||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)||9:45 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|East||No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Virginia||Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)||9:57 p.m.||TBS||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|