MBB: It's Sweet Sixteen

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26
Midwest Regional | Semifinals
#2 OHIO STATE vs. #6 Tennessee | 7:07 p.m. | St. Louis, Mo.

Ohio State Tournament Central

After winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament March 14 in Indianapolis, Ohio State enters NCAA the Midwest Regional Semifinal game vs. Tennessee with a 29-7 overall record and a 14-4 regular season mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Buckeyes finished tied atop the Big Ten with Purdue and Michigan State after the regular season slate. Thad Matta will lead the Buckeyes against No. 6 seed Tennessee (27-8) Friday (7:07 p.m. ET) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and the Volunteers will take on the winner of the game between Michigan State (26-8), the No. 5 seed, and Northern Iowa (30-4), the No. 9 seed.

#5 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #9 Northern Iowa | 9:37 p.m. | St. Louis, Mo.
Michigan State Tournament Central

Michigan State is making its third straight trip to the Sweet 16, and its ninth appearance in the last 13 years. The Spartans and Northern Iowa both won their first two games by a combined five points, as each created their own drama along the way. MSU advanced on a Korie Lucious three-point buzzer beater, while UNI knocked off overall No. 1 seed Kansas.


South Regional | Semifinals
#4 PURDUE vs. #1 Duke | 9:57 p.m. | Houston, Texas

Purdue Tournament Central

After its dramatic overtime win over Texas A&M on Sunday, Purdue will make its second-straight Sweet 16 appearance on Friday when it squares off with top-seeded Duke at Reliant Stadium. Purdue and Duke are two of only five teams to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last two years. A win over the Blue Devils would send Purdue to the fourth Elite Eight in program history, and its first since 2000. Purdue is 6-3 in NCAA Tournament games under head coach Matt Painter. Duke will carry a No. 3 AP ranking into its matchup with the Boilermakers, who have won a school-record four games this season over teams ranked in the top 10 of the media poll when they ball is tipped. Purdue has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (0-4). Purdue is 7-1 in neutral-court settings and 15-3 away from Mackey Arena this season, winning seven-straight conference road games to close out the season.

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