NCAA Tournament

Previews for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Updated: 2013-03-23T01:21:06Z

SOUTH REGION

AT AUBURN HILLS, MICH.

•  No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan, 11:15 a.m. (CBS)

CBS got this one right, it’s the game to see. VCU’s havoc defense against Michigan’s proficient backcourt. On 28.7 percent of opponents’ possessions, the Rams create a turnover. That’s tops in college basketball. Michigan commits a turnover on only 14.3 percent of its possessions, and point guard Trey Burke leads the nation in assist turnover ratio.

MIDWEST REGION

AT AUBURN HILLS, MICH.

•  No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 3 Michigan State, 1:45 p.m. (CBS)

The Tigers squeezed past Saint Mary’s by a basket, and the Spartans handled Valparaiso in Thursday’s second round. Michigan State must contain Memphis point guard Joe Jackson. Michigan State, which held Valpo to 35.2 percent shooting, is 10-2 all time in the Palace at Auburn Hills.

AT LEXINGTON, KY.

•  No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 1 Louisville, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

The Rams, coming off a 12-point victory over Missouri, are superb rebounders and handle the ball well. Both of those facets will be challenged by the Cardinals, who play terrific pressure defense. Louisville breezed past North Carolina A&M in its opener.

AT SAN JOSE, CALIF.

•  No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 4 Saint Louis, 6:10 p.m. (TBS)

The Billikens have already clinched the school record for victories (28), and are champions of a conference that’s off to a terrific start in NCAA play. Somehow, Oregon was assigned a 12th seed and played nothing like it in its dominating victory over Oklahoma State.

WEST REGION

AT SALT LAKE CITY

•  No. 14 Harvard vs. No. 6 Arizona, 5:10 (TNT)

The Crimson’s defense was a big factor in the upset of New Mexico. Can it hold down the Wildcats as well? A key to Harvard’s victory was eight turnovers. Arizona has to force more mistakes. Wildcats guard Mark Lyons, who leads the team in scoring at 14.8, was part of two Sweet 16 teams at Xavier.

•  No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, 7:40 p.m. (TNT)

The Shockers walloped Pittsburgh, while the Zags struggled to stay ahead of 16th seeded Southern, winning 64-58. Is Wichita State poised to slay a top seed? It’s the first time since 1967 the Shockers will play a No. 1-ranked team. “This group thinks they can beat anybody in the country,” Shockers Coach Gregg Marshall said.

EAST REGION

AT LEXINGTON, KY.

•  No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Marquette, 6:45 p.m. (CBS)

It’s the second meeting this season. The teams played a nail-biter in Maui in November, and Butler’s Rotnei Clarke hit a deep three at the buzzer for a 72-71 victory. Both teams survived difficult challenges in the second round with the Golden Eagles beating Davidson with 1 second remaining and the Bulldogs outlasting Bucknell.

AT SAN JOSE, CALIF.

• No. 12 California vs. No. 4 Syracuse, 8:40 p.m. (TBS)

The Orange were one of the impressive second-round winners, 81-34. The Golden Bears outlasted fifth-seeded UNLV, getting 19 points from Pac-12 player of the year Allen Crabbe.

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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