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Saturday’s March Madness matches not to be missed


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

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Baylor: 12:10 p.m., CBS

Perhaps no team looked more impressive than North Carolina in the first round, beating Marquette in a 32-point rout. The Heels have been inconsistent all year, but their talent is in no doubt after beating Duke in Coach K’s Cameron Indoor farewell. Despite an impressive first-round performance, Baylor could be vulnerable playing injured stars Jonathan Tchamwa and LJ Cryer.

No. 9 Creighton vs. No. 1 Kansas: 2:40 p.m., CBS

Top-seeded Kansas has been under the radar for much of the season compared to Gonzaga and Arizona, but the Jayhawks are coming in strong. Keep an eye out for sixth man Remy Martin, one of Arizona State’s leading scorers who has struggled with injury and inconsistency since his transfer but has scored in double figures in his last three games.

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Michigan No. 11 vs. Tennessee No. 3: 5:15 p.m., CBS

Michigan coach Juwan Howard earned a retaliatory measure Thursday by winning a game for the first time since his five-game suspension, overcoming a ugly first half to top Colorado State. Tennessee, however, will be a much tougher test. The Vols are among the hottest teams in the nation, having won eight games in a streak that includes victories over Auburn, Arkansas and Kentucky.

No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 4 UCLA: 7:10 p.m., TBS

It’s a West Coast showdown between two teams that looked very different in the first round. Saint Mary’s 29-point beating against Indiana has flown under the radar since it happened at the same time as Saint Peter’s upset against Kentucky, but the Gaels already hold a convincing victory over Gonzaga this season. UCLA, meanwhile, got just nine points from its hero of March last year, Johnny Juzang, and barely survived against Akron.

No. 12 New Mexico State vs. No. 4 Arkansas: 8:40 p.m., TNT

Aggies star Teddy Allen is playing at his fourth different school, but he saved the best for last. His 37 points — many on hard-to-believe shots — led to a first-round upset of Connecticut, and he may have more in store for Arkansas, who survived a 75-71 scare of Vermont for moving forward.

No. 9 Memphis vs. No. 1 Gonzaga: 9:40 p.m., TBS

Gonzaga got scared of 16th-seeded Georgia State. The game was still tied with 12:58 remaining before a 24-1 run turned it into a blowout. Drew Timme led the Zags with 32 points while compatriot Chet Holmgren posted an absurd stat line of 19 points, 17 boards, five assists and seven blocks. Memphis won’t be a breeze in the second round, as Penny Hardaway’s team have won 15 of their last 17 games.

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