NCAA tournament third-round preview: March 24, 2013

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West Region

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Iowa State

When » Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » CBS

Two teams that cruised in the opening round should make for an intriguing matchup. Ohio State (27-7) dominated Iona 95-70 behind forwards Deshaun Thomas (24 points) and Sam Thompson (20 points, 10 rebounds), who hit a combined 14 of 22 shots. Iowa State (23-11) discarded its 3-point identity and went inside to 6-foot-7 freshman Georges Niang (19 points) and 6-6 junior Melvin Ejim (17 points, eight rebounds) while still getting a combined 7-for-11 performance from beyond the arc from guards Korie Lucious, Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee.

East Region

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 9 Temple

When » Sunday, 2:45 p.m.

Where » UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV » CBS

Perennial one-and-done Temple (24-9) broke through with a 76-72 win over N.C. State. The Owls got only eight minutes from Anthony Lee (concussion), allowed 55.8 percent shooting and were outrebounded 34-24 but survived behind guard Khalif Wyatt (31 points, five assists, three steals). It will be interesting to see how the Atlantic 10 player of the year, who injured his left thumb Friday, fares against Big Ten defensive player of the year Victor Oladipo. Indiana (28-6) waltzed to an 83-62 victory over James Madison as Yogi Ferrell scored the game's first nine points and finished with a game-high eight rebounds.

South Region

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina

When » Sunday, 5:15 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » CBS

Contrived or not, this matchup highlights the Sunday schedule as North Carolina coach Roy Williams goes against the team he coached from 1988 to 2003. Successor Bill Self has accomplished what Williams did not, winning an NCAA title with the Jayhawks (2008). In Friday's 78-71 win over Villanova, UNC (25-10) hit 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc, with P.J. Hairston (23 points) going 5-for-8. The sophomore has hit 51.4 percent of his 3-point tries in the postseason. Kansas (30-5) got 17 points and seven blocks from 7-foot Jeff Withey in a 64-57 struggle with Western Kentucky.

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 11 Minnesota

When » Sunday, 6:10 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center,

Austin, Texas

TV » TNT

The guards of Minnesota (21-12) got what they wanted Friday night against UCLA in an 83-63 win. Joe Coleman (14 points) and brothers Austin Hollins (16 points, seven assists, four steals) and Andre Hollins (28 points, nine rebounds) combined to hit 19 of 34 shots, including nine of 15 from the arc. Expect the defense of Florida (27-7) to be less compliant. The Gators are tied for second in the nation in points per possession defense (0.85) and used it to slow down what had been the nation's highest-scoring team, Northwestern State, in a 79-47 romp led by 6-9 Patric Young (16 points, nine rebounds).

No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 7 San Diego State

When » Sunday, 7:10 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center,

Philadelphia

TV » TBS

In recent years, Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth and N.C. State made memorable NCAA runs after picking off Georgetown on the opening weekend. Can Florida Gulf Coast (25-10) do the same? Guards Sherwood Brown (24 points, nine rebounds) and Bernard Thompson (23 points, seven rebounds) starred in the 78-68 defeat of the Hoyas. As a nightcap, San Diego State's workmanlike 70-55 victory over Oklahoma paled in comparison. The Aztecs (23-10) got typical all-around work from active junior guard Jamaal Franklin (21 points, eight rebounds, five assists).

West Region

No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 12 Mississippi

When » Sunday, 7:40 p.m.

Where » Sprint Center,

Kansas City, Mo.

TV » tru TV

A double-digit seed will go to the Sweet 16. On Friday, SEC champion Mississippi (27-8) rode its momentum to a 57-46 upset of Wisconsin, holding the Badgers to 25.4 percent shooting and getting 19 points from Marshall Henderson. La Salle (23-9) is trying to follow the example of VCU two years ago when it advanced from the play-in round to the Final Four. The Explorers blew a 19-point lead against Kansas State but held together behind 6-foot-8 sophomore Jerrell Wright (21 points, eight rebounds), who hit all six of his shots and nine of 10 free throws.

EAST Region

No. 2 Miami vs. No. 7 Illinois

When » Sunday, 8:40 p.m.

Where » Frank Erwin Center,

Austin, Texas

TV » TNT

Coach John Groce took Ohio to the Sweet 16 last year. Now he tries to take the Fighting Illini. Illinois (23-12) is capable of beating anyone, evidenced by wins over Ohio State (by 19), Butler (17), Gonzaga (11) and Indiana (two). But Groce's team went only 9-11 against Big Ten competition. Go figure. Miami (28-6) advanced with a stress-free 78-49 romp over Pacific that was propelled by sophomore Shane Larkin (10 points, nine assists) and senior Durand Scott (21 points), who hit five of eight 3-pointers.

Midwest Region

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Creighton

When » Sunday, 9:40 p.m.

Where » Wells Fargo Center,

Philadelphia

TV » TBS

Ball movement was key as Creighton (28-7) survived physical Cincinnati on Friday 67-63. The Bluejays had 16 assists on 19 baskets, including seven from Jahenns Manigat. Creighton also got stellar work from the nation's second-leading scorer, Doug McDermott (27 points, 11 rebounds), and reserve Ethan Wragge, who hit four of five 3-pointers. Duke (28-5) shot 58.7 percent in a 73-61 win over Albany as seniors Seth Curry (26 points) and Mason Plumlee (23 points) hit a combined 19 of 25 shots thanks in part to the playmaking of Quinn Cook (11 assists).

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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