What to watch: March Madness

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The basketball game between K-State and Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in the Sprint Center on March 9, 2017. The Wildcats beat the Bears 70-64. (File photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

March Madness

Let the madness begin. Sunday evening, 68 teams were declared worthy to compete in the NCAA Tournament, March Madness.

From now on, it is win or go home.

The tournament is set to officially begins this evening at 5:40 p.m. between No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s against No. 16 New Orleans. The winner will have a tough road ahead of them, beginning with the overall No. 1 seed of the tournament in Villanova. Followed by No. 11 Kansas State against No. 11 Wake Forest, set to tip off at approximately 8:10 p.m. The winner of this game will match up against No. 6 Cincinnati.

The real fun begins Thursday, where 32 teams will begin elimination play. Catch two of the four No. 1 seeds, starting with No. 1 Gonzaga taking on No. 16 South Dakota State. As well as the No. 1 Villanova taking on the winner of the play-in game.

A real action-filled game will be on at 8:40 p.m. on CBS as No. 9 Virginia Tech will take on No. 8 Wisconsin. Virginia Tech went 22-10 this season, placing seventh overall within the ACC. They will have their hands full with Wisconsin. The Badgers claimed second in the Big 10, with an impressive 25-9 record.

No. 11 K-State (20-13) vs. No. 11 Wake Forest (19-13)

K-State has earned themselves a play-in game against Wake Forest. Two of the four teams considered as the “Last 4 In,” the winner will take on No. 6 Cincinnati in Sacramento, California. The time has yet to be determined.

Wake Forest finished ninth within a tough ACC conference. Winning four of their last five games, along with knocking off No. 8 Louisville toward the end of their season, definitely helped their case to get into the tournament. They rally behind their big 6-foot-10-inch, 235 pound forward, John Collins. The sophomore not only puts in close to 19 points a game, but dominates the boards, bringing down an average of 9.8 rebounds per game.

On the other side of the equation, K-State made their case for March Madness, taking down Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 Championship Thursday. Baylor was a No. 3 seed during the championship. Sophomore guard Barry Brown, was a perfect 4-4 from the 3-point line in their upset. K-State then suffered a heartbreaking 51-50 loss to West Virginia on a last-second missed shot in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

K-State will prepare to go head-to-head with Wake Forest tonight at 8:10 p.m. on truTV.

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