Lace up those dancing shoes. The Sweet 16 has arrived.
Four men’s games tonight will kick off an exciting weekend of March Madness that will set the Final Four in both the men’s and women’s brackets. (The women’s sweet 16 round begins on Friday.)
No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga gets things going against fourth-seeded seed Arkansas. A rematch of the 2018 national championship game, No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 11 Michigan, will also tip off in the early window.
The evening’s marquee event – No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Texas Tech in what could be the final game of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career – will begin at 9:39 pm ET on CBS.
Another No. 1 seed, Arizona, faces fifth-seeded Houston to wrap up the action. Follow along for the latest updates and analysis from the USA TODAY Sports staff.
FAREWELL EXPLANATION::Mike Krzyzewski on why he announced plans to retire before Duke’s 2021-22 season began
SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Krzyzewski says the public nature of his farewell tour as Duke’s basketball coach has come with a price.
“It wears on you a little bit because everywhere you walk, everyone is taking a picture of you and they’re watching everything,” Krzyzewski said Wednesday. “Look, that gets old. You know, that gets old.”
He says recruiting played a factor in announcing his decision prior to the season.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Typically, it’s easy to spot the father of Chet Holmgren, the freshman phenom from Gonzaga, in a sea of red and navy blue. Just look for the tall, lanky guy — where do you think Chet, who is 7 feet tall, weighs 195 pounds and has a 7-foot-6 wingspan, gets it anyway? — holding a video camera.
Yes, a video camera. Dave Holmgren, who checks in at 7 feet tall himself and played college hoops at Minnesota, is old school. He has recorded every single one of Chet’s games since childhood. As such, there is quite the library of highlights.
His teammates have some thoughts.
Sophomore guard Julian Strawther: “Probably in Vegas against UCLA, coast to coast, behind-the-back, into the dunk in transition.
From senior guard Rasir Bolton: “It was one day in practice he had came down in transition and he had tried a 360 lay-up.”
Perhaps there will be even more highlights coming when the Zags take on Arkansas tonight in San Francisco.
Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman led the Golden State Warriors from 2002 to 2004 — and, as he noted, was also head coach of the Sacramento Kings from 2006 to 2007. Now his Razorbacks will be playing in the Chase Center, home of the Warriors.
“The day that I was either fired from the Kings or the Warriors, to think that I would be coaching in a Sweet 16 in the Bay Area, if anybody would have asked me that at that particular time, I would have told them there was zero chance,” he said. “Not 5%. Not 10%. Literally zero chance of that happening.
“I guess the world has a funny way of working itself out.”
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