1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Or Weekend for some folks. Too bad NCAA didn’t reward us with Notre Dame playing today. We’ll take Brian Patrick, complementary player for Kansas State, as designated Patrick to root for.
2. Speaking of Irish names, how about Jersey’s own Danny Hurley leading Rhode Island this afternoon against Creighton? Shout out to the Hurley clan who made it to Sacramento.
3. It is almost unfair that Mid-Major darlings Wichita State and Dayton are matched up in Round of 64 today. Gregg Marshall vs. Archie Miller should be fun. Best case for this one. At least one of them will be in Round of 32.
4. For all hype of Kentucky’s three freshman studs — Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo — let’s not forget scintillating sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (N.J.) product. 6-3 guard is averaging 12.6 points, and 4.2 assists for No. 2 seed Wildcats.
5. Save the best for last? Leave it to the NCAA schedule makers to make most entertaining team — UCLA with Lonzo Ball — the latest (9:57 p.m.!) and final game in Round of 64. Gives us reason to watch into early Saturday morning!
TODAY ON TV
No. 10 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 Michigan, 12:15 p.m., CBS
No. 14 Iona vs. No. 3 Oregon, 2 p.m., TBS
No. 15 Jacksonville State vs. No. 2 Louisville, 2:45 p.m., CBS
No. 11 Rhode Island vs. No. 6 Creighton, 4:30 p.m., TBS
No. 16 UC Davis vs. No. 1 Kansas, 6:50 p.m., TNT
No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Miami (Fl.), 9:20 p.m., TNT
No. 14 New Mexico State vs. No. 3 Baylor, 12:40 p.m., truTV
No. 11 USC vs. No. 6 SMU, 3:10 p.m., truTV
No. 15 Troy vs. No. 2 Duke, 7:20 p.m., TBS
No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 7 South Carolina, 9:50 p.m., TBS
Seton Hall looks to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2004 on Friday.
No. 9 Seton Hall vs. No. 8 Arkansas, 1:30 p.m., TNT
No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 4 p.m., TNT
No. 10 Wichita State vs. No. 7 Dayton, 7:10 p.m., CBS
No. 11 Kansas State vs. No. 6 Cincinnati, 7:27 p.m., truTV
No. 15 Northern Kentucky vs. No. 2 Kentucky, 9:40 p.m., CBS
No. 14 Kent State vs. No. 3 UCLA, 9:57 p.m., truTV