Thursday night lived up to its billing as the Sweet 16 opened with three excellent games, as well as a humorous result when it came to Kentucky destroying West Virginia. Tonight looks like it could turn out much the same.
The best match-up by far is between Duke and Utah, with the under-seeded Utes primed to pull off an upset over the Duke Blue Devils. While it's no sure thing the Pac-12 power will prevail, the seed belies the strength of this Utah team, and they should give Duke a helluva game.
Elsewhere, there are two other even match-ups between teams that seem less likely to reach the final. An underappreciated Oklahoma takes on a surging Michigan State team, while a surprising N.C. State meets Louisville in a game that I have to remind myself is an all-ACC battle.
Lastly, Gonzaga seems likely to roll over their western rivals, as UCLA really shouldn't match up with the very strong Bulldogs from Spokane.