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Friday Sweet 16 Updates, Results and Live Thread


Kentucky and Louisville met in December and play again in the Sweet 16. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Night 2 of the Sweet 16 is here, and with it comes a little history. The NCAA tournament returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time in over a half-century. Something about this just seems so right.

Madison Square Garden is the most famous arena in the world, as legendary wrestler Iron Sheik will tell you. It was also as vital to popularizing college basketball in the mid-20th century as cable TV was in the 1980s. So when you toast to another night of March Madness, be sure to also give a nice salud to the Garden.

Of course, New York is not the exclusive home to Friday night’s tournament action. Oh, no.

In America’s Heartland and arguably the most basketball-crazy state in the nation (please note, Kentuckians: I wrote arguably), the Midwest Region features a pair of exciting tilts. Another installment of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry should make for a wonderful atmosphere in Indianapolis.

All four Friday games have a high bar to meet following the thrilling West Regional showdown between Arizona and San Diego State. More of that, please. Less of Wisconsin-Baylor, if you don’t mind.

With the right game plan, a hot shooting night or maybe just good old fashioned luck, four teams will continue their quest for the Final Four—and potentially get called a scrotum on Twitter.

On to the Madness.

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