Breaking down Sunday’s can’t-miss matches

Here are Sunday’s top March Madness 2022 matches to watch:

Houston No. 5 vs. Illinois No. 4: 12:10 p.m., CBS

The final day of the first weekend begins with two teams with very different March experiences. Houston, after a Final Four appearance, crushed UAB on Friday and has lost only once since Feb. 17. Meanwhile, after being upset in the second round last year as the No. 1 seed, Illinois nearly went out in the first round a year later, barely surviving against No. 13 Chattanooga.

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Villanova: 2:40 p.m., CBS

Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann hopes to finally break into the Sweet 16 in his fifth season, but he’ll likely need more offense from EJ Liddell & Co. than the 54 points they’ve racked up during a low-scoring slugfest against Loyola Chicago. Big East Tournament champion Villanova is always tough this time of year, led by two-time NCA champion coach Jay Wright and a veteran point guard in Collin Gillespie.

Michigan State No. 7 vs. Duke No. 2: 5:15 p.m., CBS

It’s hard to believe that a coaching clash of this magnitude is only in the second round, but here we are: Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,199 career wins) vs. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (666) . Both are National Champions and future Hall of Famers, with Coach K hoping his last run won’t end before the Final Four.

No. 11: Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Texas Tech: 7:10 p.m., TBS

Manhattan native Cormac Ryan had the match of his life in a first-round upset against Alabama, scoring a career-high 29 points with seven 3s. The Irish might need a similar effort against Texas Tech, who showed they could play some offense to supplement their lockdown defense, scoring 97 against Montana State in the first round.

No. 10 Miami (Florida) vs. No. 2 Auburn: 7:45 p.m., truTV

This is the Jabari Smith Show. The lanky freshman from Auburn, vying to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, showed up in the first round with 20 points, 14 rebounds and an incredible dunk in the final minutes against Jacksonville State . What does he have in store for us as a reminder?

(9) TCU vs. (1) Arizona: 9:40 p.m., TBS

East Coasters may not have caught much basketball from Arizona this year, but the Wildcats are one of the finest offenses in the country. They’ve scored at least 82 points in six straight games, with guard Bennedict Mathurin leading the offense. TCU held Seton Hall to 42 points in a first-round victory, but it will be a much tougher test.

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