NCAA Tournament

Sunday’s NCAA Tournament third-round games

MIDWEST REGIONAL AT GREENSBORO, N.C.

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No. 1 North Carolina (30-5) vs. No. 8 Creighton (29-5)

, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

How good was that Ames High team? North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes takes on Creighton’s Doug McDermott, former prep teammates. Alabama succeeded in slowing the Bluejays, but the Tar Heels will play a more favored fast pace. The question becomes, can Creighton keep up? McDermott wins the battle, but North Carolina wins the game.

Prediction:

North Carolina 89-78

AT NASHVILLE, TENN.

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No. 12 South Florida (22-13) vs. No. 13 Ohio (28-7)

, 6:10 p.m. (TBS)

The Bulls are this year’s VCU, so far. As an opening-round winner that won in the second round, at least South Florida has an example. Ohio runs through guard D.J. Cooper, who had 21 points and five assists against Michigan. The Bulls have had offensive issues all season but they shot 61 percent in the second half against Temple.

Prediction:

Ohio 59-55

AT COLUMBUS, OHIO

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No. 3 Georgetown (24-8) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State (23-12)

, 11:15 a.m. (CBS)

The Wolfpack got past San Diego State by pounding the ball inside to Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown, but that won’t happen as easily against the Hoyas. Georgetown raced past a Belmont team that many had pegged for the upset by playing tight defense. That will be the case today.

Prediction:

Georgetown 68-60

AT OMAHA, NEB.

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No. 2 Kansas (28-6) vs. No. 10 Purdue (22-12)

, 7:40 p.m. (TNT)

The Boilers had a good shooting game against Saint Mary’s, hitting 52 percent. Kansas’ aim will be to reduced that by at least 10 percent by playing sticky defense around the perimeter. Thomas Robinson, with 16 points and 13 rebounds against Detroit, could have another big game against Purdue’s interior.

Prediction: Kansas 73-67

WEST REGIONAL AT COLUMBUS, OHIO

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No. 1 Michigan State (28-7) vs. No. 9 Saint Louis (26-7)

, 1:45 p.m. (CBS)

Two teams that prefer to grind it out. When Draymond Green plays well, Michigan State is difficult to beat, and he had a triple-double against Long Island in the opener. The Billikens play a style that can work well against favorites, milking the clock and attempting to get a good look late in a possession.

Prediction:

Michigan State, 64-54

AT OMAHA, NEB.

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No. 7 Florida (24-10) vs. No. 15 Norfolk State (26-9)

, 5:10 p.m. (TNT)

Norfolk State and Lehigh, the fifth and sixth No. 15 seeds to defeat No. 2 seeds, will try to become the first from that bracket line to win two NCAA games. It’s a tall order for the Spartans, who shot lights out against Missouri. But as he was against the Tigers, Kyle O’Quinn figures to be the game’s best interior player. The Gators, like Mizzou, love the three-pointer. Florida will defend better today.

Prediction:

Florida 80-70

SOUTH REGIONAL AT GREENSBORO, N.C.

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No. 10 Xavier (22-12) vs. No. 15 Lehigh (27-7)

, 6:45 p.m. (truTV)

Had this one in your bracket, did you? With another victory and big game, Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum can become the Stephen Curry of this tournament. McCollum was the Duke giant-killer with 30 points. He’ll match up against Tu Holloway, last year’s Atlantic 10 player of the year who averages 17.3 points.

Prediction:

Lehigh 77-75

EAST REGIONAL AT NASHVILLE, TENN.

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No. 3 Florida State (25-9) vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (25-10)

, 8:40 p.m. (TBS)

Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates was a stud against Texas with 15 points and 10 boards, bailing out a team that missed 13 of 16 threes. But how about Florida State surviving St. Bonaventure without a point from leading scorer Michael Snaer? The Seminoles are one of the nation’s top defensive teams, and that will be enough to advance.

Prediction:
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