Another week has come and nearly gone, but not before the Elite Eight concludes. Four more teams are scheduled to play Sunday to finalize the region championship and give us our Final Four.
The early game hosts the two lowest seeds remaining in this year's tournament. No. 7 Michigan State knocked off No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Oklahoma in consecutive weeks thanks to coach Tom Izzo's typical March magic that seems impossible to stop these days.
The Spartans' opponent, No. 4 Louisville, has had a slightly easier road. After a first-round scare, where Louisville barely topped No. 13 UC Irvine, 57-55, the Cardinals have beat both of their next two opponents by double digits. Any team that makes it this far is dangerous regardless of seeding, however, so Louisville and its two stars, leading scorer Terry Rozier and interior presence Montrezl Harrell, should be ready for a fight.
Sunday's second game is No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between Duke and Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are one of the nation's best offensive teams, but struggled by their standards in Friday's game against No. 11 UCLA. Gonzaga shot 40 percent from the field and 16 percent from behind the arc, well below its season averages of 52 percent and 40 percent.
Duke's strong defense and athleticism may bother Gonzaga again, but the Blue Devils should also be ready to see more shots go in against them. Justice Winslow, fresh off a 23-point, 10-rebound outing, may need to step up again, while Jahlil Okafor has to bounce back from a quiet game against North Carolina on Friday.
All the games can be seen on the channels listed below, as well as on the March Madness Live application available for iOS, Android and Windows devices. If you can't watch, look here for local radio stations that will air the games.
Here's the schedule (all times ET):
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 7 Michigan State, 2:20 p.m. on CBS
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga, 5:05 p.m. on CBS