At Raleigh, N.C.
•No. 14 Mercer vs. No. 3 Duke, 11:15 a.m. (CBS)
Mercer is back in the field for the first time since 1985, defeating last year’s darling, Florida Gulf Coast, in the Atlantic Sun title game. Duke is looking to return to the Final Four since winning the 2010 championship.
•No. 11 Tennessee vs. No. 6 Massachusetts, about 1:45 p.m. (CBS)
Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg was the point guard on John Calipari’s Massachusetts teams with Marcus Camby in the 1990s. Kellogg’s point guard, Chaz Williams, is one of the nation’s best, averaging 15.8 points and seven assists per game. The Vols beat Iowa in overtime in an opening-round game and have won six of seven.
At St. Louis
•No. 16 Cal Poly vs. No. 1 Wichita State, 6:10 p.m. (CBS)
Cal Poly brings a 14-19 record — and an NCAA victory — into this matchup. The Mustangs defeated Texas Southern 81-69 on Wednesday. Wichita State shocked the tournament a year ago by reaching the Final Four as a No. 9 seed. Now the Shockers are a target as a No. 1 seed with a 34-0 record.
Wichita State 82-67
•No. 9 Kansas State vs. No. 8 Kentucky, about 8:40 p.m. (CBS)
The teams have met eight times, and Kentucky has won all of them. Their only meeting in the NCAA Tournament came in 1951, when Kentucky beat K-State for the national title. K-State has the Big 12’s top three-point percentage defense (29.4 percent). Kentucky is a terrific rebounding team at 41.1 per game.
Kentucky 67-64West Region
At San Antonio
•No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 6 Baylor, 11:40 a.m. (truTV)
The Cornhuskers started 0-4 in Big Ten play, but they made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 behind the play of forward Terran Petteway (18.0 points per game) and guard Shavon Shields (12.7). Baylor reached the Big 12 title game using an active zone and has one of the game’s best perimeter shooters in guard Brady Heslip.
•No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 3 Creighton, about 2:10 p.m. (truTV)
The Ragin’ Cajuns upset their way to the Sun Belt championship, and as offensive-minded as Creighton is with sharpshooters Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge, the Ragin’ Cajuns actually average two more points per game (81.4) than the Blue Jays. This could be one of the most entertaining games of the round of 64.
At San Diego
•No. 16 Weber State vs. No. 1 Arizona, 1:10 p.m. (TNT)
The Wildcats cruised to the Pac-12 title behind league player of the year Nick Johnson and top freshman Aaron Gordon. Weber’s Davion Berry (19.4 ppg) was chosen Big Sky player of the year.
•No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Gonzaga, about 3:40 p.m. (TNT)
It’s the 16th straight NCAA Tournament for the Zags, who have a five-year streak of at least one tournament victory. Oklahoma State shook off its seven-game losing streak and has won five of its last seven.
Oklahoma State 77-71South Region
At St. Louis
•No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 7 New Mexico, 12:40 p.m. (TBS)
The Lobos are dominant inside with 7-footer Alex Kirk and 6-9 Cameron Bairstow, who combined to average 34 points and 16 rebounds per game. Stanford has reached the tournament for the first time in coach Johnny Dawkins’ six years and is led by guard Chasson Randle (18.8 points per game).
New Mexico 74-68
•No. 15 Eastern Kentucky vs. No. 2 Kansas, about 3:10 p.m. (TBS)
The Colonels aren’t big or deep, but they can bomb away. They average 9.2 three-pointers per game and make 39 percent of their attempts. Also, Eastern Kentucky leads the Ohio Valley in turnover ratio at plus-6.5. Kansas will be without freshman center Joel Embiid, resting a back injury.
At San Diego
•No. 12 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 VCU, 6:27 p.m. (truTV)
Stephen F. Austin is playing the VCU role, a gritty midmajor looking to take down a name program. The Lumberjacks, 31-2, are riding a 28-game winning streak. VCU’s “havoc” brand of defense has it on course to lead the nation in steals for the third straight year.
Stephen F. Austin 67-66
•No. 13 Tulsa vs. No. 4 UCLA, about 8:57 p.m. (truTV)
The teams are coached by former college greats who led their teams to national championships in successive years. UCLA’s Steve Alford knocked in seven three-pointers in Indiana’s 1987 title game victory over Syracuse, and Tulsa’s Danny Manning scored 31 in Kansas’ 1988 title victory over Oklahoma.
UCLA 74-69East Region
At Raleigh, N.C.
•No. 9 George Washington vs. No. 8 Memphis, 5:55 p.m. (TBS)
Memphis’ backcourt dominates and likes to run. So does George Washington, which has five players who average in double figures. The difference could be Memphis guard Joe Jackson (14.4 points per game), the Tigers’ go-to player.
•No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 1 Virginia, about 8:40 p.m. (TBS)
Defense prevails in the postseason, and the Cavaliers lead the nation in scoring defense at 55.3 points per game. When they need baskets, guards Malcolm Brogdon (12.6 ppg) and Joe Harris (11.4) get the call. Coastal is coached by Cliff Ellis, who has now taken four teams to the NCAA Tournament.
At San Antonio
•No. 11 Providence vs. No. 6 North Carolina, 6:20 p.m. (TNT)
The Friars got hot at the right time, sweeping to the Big East tournament title when they started the week on the bubble. They’re the nation’s second-best free-throw shooting team at 78.1 percent. North Carolina is No. 338 in that category at 62.5 percent. But the Tar Heels also found a late stride behind point guard Marcus Paige.
North Carolina 80-74
•No. 14 North Carolina Central vs. No. 3 Iowa State, about 8:50 p.m. (TNT)
The Eagles dominated the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, won at North Carolina State and fell at Wichita State by 11. They do it with a superb defense, which they’ll need in trying to contain one of college basketball’s best offenses. Iowa State averages 82.9 points per game, which ranks sixth nationally.
•Pick: Iowa State 82-67