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NCAA Tournament: Five things to look for in Friday’s games

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!

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Midwest Region

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

East Region

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.

Seton Hall looks to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2004 on Friday.

(Julio Cortez/AP)

South Region

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

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