Friday's NCAA tournament second-round matchups

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No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Albany

When » Friday, 12:15 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center,

Philadelphia

TV » CBS

America East champion Albany (24-10) will take its long-shot opportunity against Duke (27-5). The Blue Devils won't take a No. 15 seed lightly after last year's stunning loss to Lehigh. They also want to erase the memory of a rare one-and-done appearance in the ACC tournament, going 4-for-25 from beyond the arc in a loss to Maryland. Senior guards Mike Black (14.9 ppg) and Jacob Iati (12.1 ppg) are the top threats for the Great Danes. Duke answers in the backcourt with sophomore Quinn Cook (12.4 ppg, 5.2 apg) and senior Seth Curry (17.0 ppg).

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Mississippi

When » Friday, 12:40 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » truTV

Vastly different NCAA resumes here. Wisconsin (23-11) is in the tournament for the 15th straight year, the 12th under Bo Ryan. After five NIT appearances in the six years under Andy Kennedy, SEC champion Mississippi (26-8) is in the NCAA for the first time in 11 seasons. Expect a backcourt duel between Wisconsin junior Ben Brust (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Mississippi junior Marshall Henderson (20.1 ppg), and a frontcourt tussle -- Badgers senior Jared Berggren (11.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg) versus Rebels senior Murphy Holloway (14.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg).

No. 8 N.C. State vs. No. 9 Temple

When » Friday, 1:40 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » TBS

With the status of 6-foot-9 sophomore Anthony Lee (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) uncertain because of a concussion, there is consternation for Fran Dunphy as he prepares Temple (23-9) for a game that could be decided in the lane. North Carolina State (24-10) is loaded with size and agility up front between 6-8 senior Richard Howell (12.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg), who leads the ACC in rebounds, 6-8 freshman T.J. Warren (12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and 6-9 junior C.J. Leslie (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg). The Owls answer with Atlantic-10 player of the year Khalif Wyatt (19.8 ppg, 4.1 apg).

No. 2 Miami vs. No. 15 Pacific

When » Friday, 2:10 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Tex.

TV » TNT

Teams representing the Big West Conference have lost in the NCAA tournament the last seven years. The last two to break through were Pacific in 2004 and 2005. Now 25-year coach Bob Thomason, who has a conference record 436 wins, will try to add another in his final season. Pacific (22-12) has a very difficult task against ACC regular season and tournament champion Miami (27-6), led by point guard Shane Larkin (14.6 ppg, 4.4 apg), senior forward Kenny Kadji (13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and 63-year-old national coach of the year candidate Jim Larranaga.

No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Cincinnati

When » Friday, 2:45 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV » CBS

Thanks to 6-8 junior forward Doug McDermott (23.1 ppg), the nation's second leading scorer, Creighton (27-7) leads in the NCAA in field goal shooting (50.8 percent). McDermott, son of coach Greg McDermott, hits 56.1 percent from the floor and 49.7 percent from beyond the arc, while center Greg Echenique is a 65.8-percent shooter. Physical Cincinnati (22-11) will challenge the Bluejays' offensive efficiency. In the Missouri Valley Conference, it's unlikely Creighton saw anyone as explosive as Bearcats 6-4 junior Sean Kirkpatrick (16.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 La Salle

When » Friday, 3:10 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » truTV

La Salle struck a blow for the Atlantic 10 over the Mountain West on Wednesday, shooting 63.3 percent in an 80-71 victory over Boise State. Two days later, La Salle (22-9) tries for another win behind 6-3 senior Ramon Galloway (17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and 6-1 junior Tyrone Garland, a Virginia Tech transfer who scored 22 points against Boise on 9-for-11 shooting. Kansas State (27-7), which has won its last four straight opening-round NCAA games, is led by top scorer and rebounder Rodney McGruder (15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 16 James Madison

When » Friday, 4:10 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » TBS

James Madison (21-14) has the luxury of remaining in Dayton for the round of 64 following Wednesday's 68-55 victory over LIU Brooklyn. Indiana (27-6) will counter the positive vibes with 6-5 junior Victor Oladipo (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and 7-footer Cody Zeller (16.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg). Indiana ranks No. 3 in the nation in 3-point shooting (41.1 percent), and it's difficult to defend three perimeter shooters as dangerous as Christian Watford (49.1 percent), Jordan Hulls (46.4 percent) and Oladipo (44.3 percent).

No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 Colorado

When » Friday, 4:40 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Tex.

TV » TNT

Illinois (22-12) and Minnesota were the only teams that received NCAA at-large bids with losing records in their league, such was the perceived level of competition in the Big Ten. But was the league overvalued by the selection committee at the expense of conferences such as the Pac-12? This game will provide a hint. The backcourt matchup is formidable with sophomores Spencer Dinwiddie (15.6 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Askia Booker (12.4 ppg) of Colorado (21-11) contending with seniors Brandon Paul (16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and D.J. Richardson (12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Fla. Gulf Coast

When » Friday, 6:50 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV » TBS

Georgetown (25-6) has seen some of its most promising teams hit sour notes in the NCAA. In its last four appearances the Hoyas have lost to double-digit seeds. With Big East player of the year Otto Porter (16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg), however, Georgetown may have kryptonite. In its second year of eligibility after jumping to Division I, Florida Gulf Coast (24-10) made the tournament behind senior Sherwood Brown (15.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), the Atlantic Sun player of the year, and sophomore Bernard Thompson (14.0 ppg), the conference defensive player of the year.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Iona

When » Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » CBS

The nation's third-leading scorer, Iona's Lamont "Momo" Jones (23.0 ppg), faces Ohio State's monster defender Aaron Craft. After losing six of seven MAAC games by a combined 11 points, Iona (20-13) captured three straight in the conference tournament by a combined 13 points. Last year, the Gaels became the first MAAC team to receive and at-large bid in 17 years, losing a competitive play-in game to BYU. This is the second straight year Ohio State (26-7) opens with the MAAC champion. They handled Loyola last March, 78-59.

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Villanova

When » Friday, 7:20 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » TNT

After making the NCAA tournament seven straight years, Villanova came up short last season. The Wildcats (20-13) have returned with the help of the team's lone seniors, 6-10 Mouphtaou Yarou (9.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) of Montrose Christian and 6-11 reserve Maurice Sutton (Largo). With big-body sophomore JayVaughn Pinkston (6-7, 260) as the top scorer (13.1 ppg) for the Wildcats, this will be a difficult matchup as North Carolina (24-10) has thrived with a four-guard lineup, allowing James Michael McAdoo (14.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg) more room to operate in the frontcourt.

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State

When » Friday, 7:27 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Tex.

TV » truTV

Using a relentless 10-player rotation, Southland champion Northwestern State (23-8) has the nation's highest-scoring offense (81.0 pg). Junior DeQuan Hicks averages only 20.1 minutes but ranks second in the nation in points per 40 minutes (28.0). In its last NCAA appearance in 2006, coach Mike McConathy's team toppled No. 3 Iowa in the opening round. Over the last 28 years, the win remains the only one by a Southland team in the round of 64. Florida (26-7) has the stuff to slow down the Demons, but enters with questions after losing four of its last nine.

No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma

When » Friday, 9:20 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV » TBS

San Diego State has been to the tournament eight times and advanced to the round of 32 only once. Last year as a No. 6 seed, Steve Fisher's team fell to No. 11 North Carolina State. The Aztecs (22-10) do not enter in good form, having lost five of their last nine. Junior Jamaal Franklin leads San Diego State in points (16.7 pg), rebounds (9.5 pg), assists (3.2 pg) and steals (1.5 pg). Oklahoma (20-11) answers with 6-8 senior Romero Osby (15.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), but has lost four of its last eight. Lon Kruger of the Sooners is the first coach to guide five teams to the NCAA tournament.

No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Iowa State

When » Friday, 9:45 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » CBS

In four of its last five appearances in the NCAA tournament, Notre Dame has been upset by double-digit seeds -- Winthrop (2007), Old Dominion (2010), Florida State (2011) and Xavier (2012). Hoping to turn the NCAA fortunes of the Irish (25-9) around are 6-5 junior Jerian Grant (13.4 ppg, 5.6 apg) and 6-9 senior Jack Cooley (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg). Iowa State (22-11) leads the nation in 3-pointers (325). Each of the Cyclones' top six scores have made at least 22. Senior Tyrus McGee has the most (90) and hits at the highest rate (45.7 percent).

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky

When » Friday, 9:50 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » TNT

The timing of Western Kentucky (20-15) was impeccable. Its only win over a team in the top 150 in RPI was in the Sun Belt championship game, 65-63, over Florida International. The Hilltoppers, who have won four NCAA tournament games in the last five years, faced a similar challenge last year when it made the tournament with a losing record and played No. 1 Kentucky in Louisville in the round of 64, falling 81-66. Big 12 champion Kansas (29-5) enters in fine form winning conference tournament games by 28, 150 and 16 points.

No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Minnesota

When » Friday, 9:57 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Tex.

TV » tru TV

A broken foot to second-leading scorer Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg, 2.2 spg) leaves already-thin UCLA (25-9) in a bind and perhaps the underdog here despite its favorable seed. The injury leaves the Bruins with six rotation players. Freshmen Shabazz Muhammad (17.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Kyle Anderson (9.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg) will carry a heavy load. Minnesota (20-12) made the tournament despite a 5-11 finish. The Golden Gophers are propelled by the backcourt brother duo of 6-1 sophomore Andre Hollins (13.9 ppg, 3.4 apg) and 6-4 junior Austin Hollins (10.6 ppg).

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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