2022 March Madness live stream: NCAA Tournament TV schedule, watch Sweet 16 streaming online Friday

The 2022 NCAA tournament has half its Elite Eight field set, with Thursday’s scores and results determining the finals for the South (Houston vs. Villanova) and West (Duke vs. Arkansas) Regionals. The East Regionals and Midwest Regionals take center stage on Friday, a night of historic Cinderella history and the promise of at least one double-digit starter snagging a ticket to the Elite Eight.

The night begins with one of the biggest stories of the tournament at Saint Peter’s, only third place 15 reaching the Sweet 16. Each of the two previous No. 15s — Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Oral Roberts in 2021 — ended in the Sweet 16, but the Jersey City-based Peacocks are hoping the proximity to East Region action will give Philadelphia a boost against a daunting one Sweet 16 opponents in Purdue (7:09 p.m. ET).

Also in the early lineup, No. 1 seeded Kansas will be in action against No. 4 seed Providence (7:29 p.m.) on Friday. The Jayhawks’ national title chances have improved after the elimination of the No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 Midwest region in the first two rounds. But any net-cutting conversation has to start with beating the brethren, the highest-ranking seed left in the region.

The nightcap in the East Regional features two of the most successful programs in NCAA tournament history with UCLA, No. 4, and No. 8, North Carolina (9:39 p.m. ET). The East, like the Midwest, has seen a lot of upheaval, and a big part of it was the Tar Heels defeating reigning No. 1 champion Baylor. The encore is now another Final Four team from a year ago at UCLA, getting rolling with momentum after a dominant win over Saint Mary’s. The other late-night offering is No. 10 Miami and No. 11 Iowa State, which ends things in the Midwest Regional (9:59 p.m. ET), with the winner joining the exclusive club with double-digit race numbers to make it into the to create Elite Eight.

A full streaming schedule can be viewed below. Now let’s dive into big storylines for the night.

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Blueblood Showdown in the East Regional

Two of the top 3 programs in total Sweet 16 appearances go head-to-head when No. 4 UCLA meets No. 8 North Carolina in Philadelphia’s late game in the East Regional. But for all the NCAA tournament wins and sweet-16 appearances between these two blue bleeders, they’ve only met twice in the tournament: UCLA beat North Carolina in the 1968 national championship game — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then Lew Alcindor, had 34 points and 16 Rebounds in the win — and then the Tar Heels beat the Bruins from the second round in 1989, a game that included a five-minute performance by then-to-be and current Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis. Overall, North Carolina is 10-3 in the series and is on a five-win streak.

The game itself evolves into an intriguing duel between a UCLA team that expected to be here and a North Carolina team that played their best basketball in the past month. The Bruins started the year ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason top 25 poll, and after a couple of midseason injuries and a COVID hiatus that disrupted the team’s rhythm, Mick Cronins corrected the group course and won 10 of his last 12 games. UCLA’s 16-point second-round win over 5th-seeded Saint Mary’s was perhaps one of the team’s best performances of the month, although the result also included an injury to Jaime Jaquez, who is closely monitoring before and during the game will .

North Carolina has also played some of its best basketball games lately, except for about a handful of minutes against No. 1 Baylor in the second round when the Bears roared back from a 25-point deficit in the second half and forced overtime to be a narrow tar heels win. Not only was the overtime win a ticket to the Sweet 16, it also validated North Carolina’s high level of play in the first 60 minutes of NCAA tournament action.

Big 12 wants to take over Chicago

There’s a chance Chicago will look like Kansas City, and the travel advantage for Kansas and Iowa State will give the United Center a Big 12 tournament feel Friday night. Compare not only the trip but the school’s overall size to their opponents Providence and Miami, and it’s a good bet that Kansas and Iowa State will be well represented in the arena for both Midwest Regional semifinals. If all of these fans prevail, not only will we see a boost for the Big 12 teams, we’ll have an All Big 12 Elite Eight Showdown on Sunday. But before we get to concocting potential Elite Eight narratives, it’s important to recognize the potential for these two teams to bounce off worthy opponents.

No. 1 seed Kansas is remarkable competition darling against No. 4-seeded Providence, with the third-biggest points spread of the eight Sweet 16 games, but the Friars’ profile — and the Jayhawks’ performance against another Big East opponent in Creighton — suggest the game will be closer than the computers expect. Providence has been beating odds makers and computer model expectations all season, and the team’s success in tight games could challenge Kansas’ hopes of promotion to the Elite Eight.

Unlike Kansas, No. 11 Iowa State finds itself an underdog against No. 10 Miami after the Hurricanes defeated No. 2 seed Auburn wire-to-wire in the second round. The Cyclones have excelled in non-conference play this year and are considered one of the best defensive teams in the tournament, but they might find stopping Miami’s playmaking guards and high-level offense a challenge. Auburn is in the top 10 for adjusted defensive efficiency, as is Iowa State, and the Tigers had no answers for Kameron McGusty, Charlie Moore and Isaiah Wong.

Can Saint Peter write history?

One of the most intriguing questions of the entire Sweet 16 will be answered at the bottom of the early list on Friday night, where the Peacocks will either join Dunk City and Oral Roberts as No. 15 to bow in the regional semifinals or make history as the first No. 15 , who made it into the Elite Eight. Shaheen Holloway has done a great job setting up Saint Peter’s for the challenge with winning game plans, but next is a big challenge to stop Purdue basketball’s offensive attack.

The Boilermakers rank #2 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom, and are led by a future lottery pick in 6-foot-4 sophomore Jaden Ivey. But Saint Peter’s, a team with bigs checking in at 6-7 and 6-8, could be in just as much trouble with Purdue’s 7-4 big man Zach Edey and the 6-10, 255-pound Trevion Williams spelling him out the bank. That double whammy has overwhelmed teams larger than Saint Peter’s throughout the year, and while the Peacocks have overcome similar size and talent disadvantages in wins against Kentucky and Murray State, what Edey and Williams present below is unique.

The Sweet 16 schedule for Friday

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