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The NCAA men's basketball tournament continues on Friday with another full list of 16 games, starting just after noon ET.

Here you will find everything you need to know about coverage, along with stories to watch during the March Madness opening weekend.

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No. 7 Texas A & M vs. No. 10 Providence

West Region, 12:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Why Texas A & M will win: The Aggies have been a confusing team throughout the season, so they did not get a better seed, but there's no denying the size and talent on the list that Billy Kennedy has put together. The great man Robert Williams is a projected lottery selection and the defensive player of the year for the Co-SEC, while 6-9 D.J. Hogg is a confrontation problem as a 38.5% shooter from the three point line.

Why Providence will win: Ed Cooley always makes his boys play as hard or harder than the opponent, although sometimes his offensive challenges (No. 105 in Ken's efficiency ratings Pomeroy) stand in the way. The car of the friars grew up in the Big East tournament when they defeated Xavier and took Villanova for extra time, proving that they can play with anyone in the country.

No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State-Fullerton

Eastern Region, 12:40 p.m. Friday, truTV.

Why Purdue will win: The Boilermakers are 12th in the country in field goal percentage (.497) and tied at 35th in points per game (81.1). They lost in the final of the Big Ten tournament against Michigan on March 4.

Why Fullerton will win: A No. 15 seed has altered a second seed in 2016 (Middle Tennessee vs. Michigan State). However, only eight No. 15 have advanced beyond the first round.

No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall

East Region, 1:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Why Wichita State will win: The Shockers are ranked in the national top 10 in rebounds per game, led by senior forward Rashard Kelly, and must collect all the lost catches can in this. If Marshall heats up from the three-point range, guard Landry Shamet is a skilled three-point shooter that could be the perfect answer.

Why Marshall will win: Run and shoot like crazy, ranked seventh nationally in three-point attempts, led by two youth guards with an average of more than 20 points per game: Jon Elmore and CJ Burks. They would also love to have a possible shot in the next round against state foe West Virginia, who no longer plays against them in the regular season.

No. 2 Cincinnati vs. No. 15 Georgia State

South Region, 2 p.m. ET, TBS

Why Cincinnati will win: The Bearcats do not play an electric style, but they are efficient and effective. Cincinnati's tough defense allows the second-least points in the nation (57.1 points per game), and its balanced score prevents opponents from closing a go-go-scorer.

Why Georgia State will win: Ron Hunter & # 39; s The Panthers have achieved a similar setback before, beating the No. 3 seed Baylor in 2015. This team has a formula to surprise. He has an elite scorer in D & # 39; Marcus Simonds, a 3-point hot shooting team and a forced defense.

No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Lipscomb

West Region, 2:45 p.m. ET, CBS

Why North Carolina will win: Despite losing so many key players to their national team a year ago, the Tar Heels became a major offensive unit power that also recovered better than anyone in the ACC (+10.0 per game). Lipscomb will have no one to join Luke Maye, who hit the winning shot in Elite Eight last year and had 16 double-doubles this season.

Why Lipscomb Will Win: The Bisons have won 12 of their last 13 and they look like a typical and well-trained midfielder who will try to overcome his lack of size with accurate ball movements and shots. Junior guard Garrison Mathews is an elitist scorer who scored 20 or more points in 21 games, including a 43-point effort at Kennesaw State and a burst of 33 points in the Atlantic Sun title game against the Florida Gulf Coast.

No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler

Eastern Region, approx. 3:10 p.m. Friday, truTV.

Why Arkansas will win: The Razorbacks average 81.1 points per game, 38th in the country, with Daniel Gafford, Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon averaging 11.9 or more. [19659008] Why Butler will win: The Bulldogs came to the tournament despite losing six of their last nine (the No. 1 seeds Xavier and Villanova accounted for three of those losses). That should be enough motivation in a winnable first round contest.

No. 5 West Virginia vs.No. 12 Murray State

Eastern Region; 4 p.m. ET, TNT

Why West Virginia will win: It's hard to score against this team, and it has one of the best coaches in the country at Bob Huggins. Senior guard Jevon Carter is one of the best defensive players in the country and had 97 steals this year, tied for most of the country. The great man Sagaba Konate is ranked third nationwide with 3.3 blocks per game.

Why Murray State will win: Guard Jonathan Stark, a Tulane pbad, has marked the red-shirt runners in 13 consecutive wins. He scored 21 points in a 81-77 loss at home in December against Auburn, a seed higher than West Virginia. The runners are playing better now and could take the mountaineers off guard in a neutral game on the other side of the country.

No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Texas

South Region, approx. 4:30 pm. ET, TBS

Why Nevada will win: The loss of point guard Lindsey Drew due to injury a month ago could prevent the Wolf Pack from reaching the Sweet Sixteen. But her lineup is talented enough to win here, led by Caleb Martin (19.1 points per game), Jordan Caroline (17.9 points per game), Cody Martin (13.6 points per game) and Kendall Stephens (13.2 points per game).

Why Texas will win ?: The big man and projected selection of the NBA lottery, Mo Bamba, is fully recovered from a seasonal toe injury, Texas will have a clear advantage in the paint. Bamba is a double-double producer and more important, a presence of blocking of shot. The Longhorns proclaim a great physical formation, so the brute force will be the way in which Texas advances.

No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Kansas State

South Region, 6:50 p.m. ET, TNT

Why Creighton will win: The best Bluejays player, Marcus Foster (20.3 points per game), spent two seasons at Kansas State before being transferred and should be particularly motivated to win. his old school. Creighton also has two-time Big East defensive player of the year in Khyri Thomas, forming an experienced lineup that knocked down five teams in the NCAA tournament field this season, including Villanova.

Why Kansas State will win: Bruce Weber has done four NCAA tournaments in six years in the state of Kansas, but has not yet come out of the first round, so he is definitely behind schedule. The Wildcats do not surprise you in any area, but they shot 47.2% of the field for the season and averaged only 11.5 turnovers, the lowest number in the school's history. That's a good formula for the postseason.

No. 3 State of Michigan vs. No. 14 Bucknell

Midwest Region, 7:10 p.m. Friday, CBS.

Why MSU will win: The Spartans could not reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons. Add a disappointing appearance at the Big Ten tournament, and you'll want to show that you're better than what you've shown recently.

Why Bucknell will win: The average Bison 81.1 points per game. After losing their first four to open the season, they have won 18 of 19 games, including their last eight.

No. 1 Xavier vs. No. 16 Texas Southern

West Region, 7:20 p.m. ET, TBS

Why Xavier will win: From top to bottom, Xavier is the best team. The Musketeers promote talent and experience, led by Trevon Bluiett (19.5 points per game). Xavier has a good recent record in the NCAA tournament openers, both favorite and disadvantaged. Current seniors are 3-0 in first round games like No. 2, No. 6 and No. 11.

Why Texas Southern will win: Texas Southern started season 0-13 , but put things together late. That kind of change requires a lot of arrogance, regardless of the opponent, and TSU will need it.

No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 Charleston

Midwest Region; 7:27 p.m. ET, truTV

Why Auburn will win: Guards Mustapha Heron and Bryce Brown lead one of the top 20 scoring teams in the country, averaging 83.4 points per game and stellar from the top Free line shot in the fourth season under coach Bruce Pearl. Brown has been bothered lately by injuries, and the Tigers are 2-4 since losing to forward Anfernee McLemore with an ankle injury. But the Tigers have stopped other interruptions this year to get that far.

Why Charleston will win: Guards Grant Riller and Joe Chealey, along with forward Jarrell Brantley, each average at least 17 points per game on a team that is careful with the ball, occupying the fourth place at the national level in the least amount of turnovers. The Pumas have also had success against a zone defense similar to Auburn this season, as Pearl pointed out this week.

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Maryland-Baltimore County

South Region, 9:20 p.m. ET, TNT

Why Virginia will win: It's hard to find fault with a team that pbaded all the tests this season, including the ACC regular season titles and tournaments. With the Cavaliers' No. 1 defense, it's hard to see them getting angry so early, even if they have trouble shooting in a game or two. The broken wrist of Six-man Andre & Hunter, announced earlier this week, is a long-term concern.

Why will UMBC triumph ?: There is little to suggest that these retrievers become the first No. 16 seed to knock out the No. 1, since their three forays into the main competition this season They did not do very well (they lost against SMU, Arizona and Maryland by an average of 19 points). Coach Ryan Odom, son of former college basketball. Coach Dave Odom, looks like a potential star after designing a quick change of only 7-25 two years before his arrival.

No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Syracuse

Midwest Region, approximately 9:40 pm Friday, CBS.

Why TCU will win: Horned frogs average 83 points per game, tied for 19th in Division I, and are the eighth best in field goal percentage (.499 They played against the Big 12 NCAA Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Kansas tournament teams to close losses during the regular season, their first offer of the tournament since 1998.

Why Syracuse will win: One seed No. 11 he has reached the Final Four only three times, the last time in 2011 (VCU), and Orange can confuse opponents with his zone

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Florida State

West Region , approx 9:50 pm ET, TBS

Why Missouri will win: Michael Porter Jr., a projected NBA lottery selection, is the tournament's wild card after returning from a back injury of a season last week, if Porter can shake off the rust and defense coach Cuonzo Martin can take hold, Missouri should move forward.

Why Florida State will win: The Seminoles play a fast pace and score a lot of points (81.7 ppg), so your best chance may be pushing Missouri beyond a comfortable pace . FSU could face problems of confrontation, especially with Porter, so an accelerated style can mask that and call into question the Tigers' lineup.

No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 12 State of New Mexico

Midwest Region; 9:57 p.m. ET, truTV

Why Clemson will win: Clemson has a trio of upperclbadman guards averaging at least 12 points per game: Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe and Shelton Mitchell. They have pushed Clemson to his first NCAA tournament since 2011 despite losing forward Donte Grantham to a knee injury in January.

Why the state of New Mexico will win: The transfer of graduates Zach Lofton is reaching an average of 19.8 points to a game for his fifth varsity team, after transferring from Texas Southern. Directs a cast of transfers and foreign-born players who have joined to become one of the top 10 teams in the country in rebounding and field goal percentage defense under first-year coach Chris Jans, a former Wichita State badistant and head coach of Bowling Green.


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