No. 8 OKLAHOMA ST. vs. No. 9 TENNESSEE
When, where: 12:25 p.m., Dayton, Ohio
The skinny: One of the top first-round matchups: the Cowboys’ perimeter play against the Vols’ inside game. Either team has enough to challenge top-seed Pittsburgh in the next round.
No. 1 PITTSBURGH vs. No. 16 E. TENN. ST.
When, where: 2:55 p.m., Dayton, Ohio
The skinny: The Panthers are rested, have their point guard back in top form and are looking to prove something after a premature exit from the Big East tournament.
No. 4 XAVIER vs. No. 13 PORTLAND ST.
When, where: 7:25 p.m., Boise, Idaho
The skinny: Talk about a 180: Xavier starts out 20-2, beating Missouri and Memphis, then goes 5-5 down the stretch. Two-time Big Sky MVP Jeremiah Dominguez, at 5-foot-6, will be in the Musketeers’ business all game.
No. 5 FLORIDA ST. vs. No. 12 WISCONSIN
When, where: 9:55 p.m., Boise, Idaho
The skinny: Toney, Toney, Toney. Toney Douglas averages 21.3 points for the Seminoles; no one else hits double figures. Wisconsin will rely on balance and defense.
No. 3 SYRACUSE vs. No. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
When, where: 12:15 p.m., Miami
TV: Chs. 9, 13
The skinny: The underdogs have nothing to do with bionics or pro wresting. But they are charged with doing something about Orange guard Jonny Flynn, who put on a show in the Big East tournament.
No. 6 ARIZONA ST. vs. No. 11 TEMPLE
When, where: 2:45 p.m., Miami
TV: Ch. 13
The skinny: Defense carried these teams to where they are, and they each have one scoring threat to shut down - ASU’s James Harden (20.8 ppg) and the Owls’ Dionte Christmas (19.2).
No. 3 KANSAS vs. No. 14 N. DAKOTA ST.
When, where: 12:30 p.m., Minneapolis
The skinny: The classic upset recipe is in place: a young Kansas team against a senior-laden squad that makes the field in the first year it’s eligible.
No. 6 W. VIRGINIA vs. No. 11 DAYTON
When, where: 3 p.m., Minneapolis
TV: Ch. 9
The skinny: The higher the scoreboard goes on this one, the better the chances for WVU. A favorable draw might lie ahead if the Mountaineers get by this one.
No. 1 LOUISVILLE vs. No. 16 MOREHEAD ST.
When, where: 7:10 p.m., Dayton, Ohio
The skinny: Not much chance of history here. The Cardinals will take the hint from their former Metro Conference comrades (Memphis): Don’t mess around.
No. 5 UTAH vs. No. 12 ARIZONA
When, where: 7:10 p.m., Miami
The skinny: The Wildcats’ late-season swoon jeopardized their 24-year streak of making the field. Utah has been consistent and in a close game can rely on 78.2 percent shooting from the foul line.
No. 7 BOSTON COLLEGE vs. No. 10 SOUTHERN CAL
When, where: 7:20 p.m., Minneapolis
TV: Chs. 9, 13
The skinny: The Trojans found some March magic on their run to the Pac-10 title - beating three NCAA teams to get the automatic berth. BC has been hot and cold all season, beating North Carolina and Duke yet losing to Harvard.
No. 8 OHIO STATE vs. No. 9 SIENA
When, where: 9:40 p.m., Dayton, Ohio
The skinny: It’s basically a home game for the Buckeyes, who seem to have hit their stride with their trek to the Big Ten final. The Saints know all about the underdog game, cruising to a win as a No. 13 seed last year.
No. 4 WAKE FOREST vs. No. 13 CLEVELAND ST.
When, where: 9:40 p.m., Miami
TV: Chs. 9, 13
The skinny: The Deacons had no trouble this year with non-ACC competition. The Vikings hold opponents to less than 60 points a game. Wake wants the game in the 80s.
No. 2 MICHIGAN ST. vs. No. 15 R. MORRIS
When, where: 9:50 p.m., Minneapolis
The skinny: Michigan State comes from the defense-first Big Ten, which isn’t good for the Colonials, who averaged 15.4 turnovers against a less-than-stellar schedule.
No. 6 MARQUETTE vs. No. 11 UTAH ST.
When, where: 12:30 p.m., Boise, Idaho
The skinny: Marquette just isn’t the same since senior point guard Dominic James broke his foot (one win in six games). Without his leadership, the Golden Eagles get a little itchy on the trigger finger - a trait the Aggies will want to exploit.
No. 3 MISSOURI vs. No. 14 CORNELL
When, where: 3 p.m., Boise, Idaho
The skinny: The uglier the better for Missouri. The Tigers will press for 40 minutes. If they can handle the heat, the Big Red could stay close because they shoot 41.5 percent from 3-point range.
— Steve Repsher