The 2013 NCAA Tournament has already seen two days of nail-biting games and upsets, and the action continues Saturday with a few unlikely teams looking to continue their runs.
The 16 teams advancing on Thursday’s games will look to stamp a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with wins Saturday, and the slate of games includes a mix of Final Four favorites and bracket-busting Cinderellas.
One of the biggest upsets of the 2013 NCAA Tournament came late on Thursday, when the No. 13 seed Harvard knocked off the No. 4 New Mexico Lobos. Making only their second NCAA appearance since 1946, the Ivy League squad won their first tournament game ever.
They did it while refusing to give in to the pressure of facing a team many picked for a deep run in the tournament.
“For me to see the composure that we had is meaningful to me as a coach,” Harvard’s Tommy Amaker said. “We had the lead. We lost the lead. We had to make plays and to have an answer each time when things got really tight there. We had to make pressure free throws. … But we didn’t wilt or cave in.”
With the win Harvard earned a chance to make the Sweet Sixteen and a matchup against No. 6 seed Arizona.
Saturday’s NCAA Tournament schedule also features No. 1 seed Gonzaga, which had difficulty in its second round matchup against Southern. The Bulldogs now move on to face No. 9 Wichita State.
The day’s action concludes with Syracuse, fresh off a blowout 81-34 win over Montana, looking to continue its late-season hot streak and reach the Sweet Sixteen. But to do so the Orange will have to be upset-minded California, a No. 12 seed that already knocked off No. 5 UNLV.
Here is Saturday’s schedule for the 2013 NCAA Tournament:
No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan, 12:15 pm ET, CBS
No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 3 Michigan State, 2:45 pm ET, CBS
No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 1 Louisville, 5:15 pm ET, CBS
No. 13 Harvard vs. No. 6 Arizona, 6:10 pm ET, TNT
No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 4 Saint Louis, 7:10 pm ET, TBS
No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Marquette, 7:45 pm ET, CBS
No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, 8:40 pm ET, TNT
No. 12 California vs. No. 4 Syracuse, 9:40 pm ET, TBS
All of the Saturday’s games in the 2013 NCAA Tournament can be watched live online as CBS is streaming the NCAA Tournament on its website, though it may require authentication from your cable provider to watch games on TBS, TruTV, and TNT.