This is what a Shocker looks like, apparently

This is what a Shocker looks like, apparently

After a three-day hiatus, the 2013 NCAA Tournament resumes on Thursday night with the Sweet Sixteen tipping off. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on tap…

All times Eastern

7:15 p.m. – East Region – No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Marquette – Washington, D.C.

Broadcast team: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery and Rachel Nichols

The ACC champion Hurricanes remain one of the favourites to win this tournament, opening up with a demolition of No. 15 Pacific before holding off Illinois on Sunday. Marquette, on the other hand, has looked shaky to say the least, needing a furious rally to edge No. 14 Davidson by one point before holding off No. 6 Butler by two points on Saturday. The Golden Eagles are in trouble if they dig another early hole tonight, but junior guard Vander Blue has proven he’s capable of some late game heroics if the game comes down to the wire. For Miami, look out for sophomore point guard Shane Larkin during the game and video bombing big man Julian Gamble after the game.

My Pick: Miami

7:47 p.m. – West Region – No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Arizona – Los Angeles, California

Broadcast team: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore and Lewis Johnson

In a wild West Region that has already seen its share of upsets, Ohio State and Arizona are the highest seeds remaining, with many observers looking at this matchup as an unofficial Regional Final. The Buckeyes needed a last second winner from point guard Aaron Craft to slip by Iowa State in the Round of 32, while the Wildcats have been the only top-8 seed that actually looks the part in the West, defeating No. 11 Belmont and No. 14 Harvard by an average of 20 points. The competition against Ohio State will obviously be tougher than anything the Bruins or Crimson could provide, but no result should be considered a surprise in this region. I’ll go with the Buckeyes only because I had them making the Elite Eight in my bracket, but the damage Arizona would do to brackets around the basketball world with a win tonight would be fun to watch.

My Pick: Ohio State

9:45 p.m. – East Region – No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Syracuse – Washington

Broadcast team: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery and Rachel Nichols

Indiana came into the tournament as one of the favourites and opened with an easy win over No. 16 James Madison, but they were tested by No. 9 Temple and barely survived that matchup. Syracuse came in as a bit of a sleeper, but nobody was sleeping on them after a 47-point victory over No. 13 Montana. The Orange had to battle to survive California in the Round of 32, but with a balanced offence led by guard Michael-Carter Williams and the seventh-ranked defence in the country, they might have enough to upset the Hoosiers. For Indiana, they’ll rely on Sunday hero Victor Oladipo, NBA-bound big man Cody Zeller and the second-best offence in the country. On paper, this is the matchup of the day.

My Pick: Indiana

10:17 p.m. – West Region – No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 13 La Salle – Los Angeles

Broadcast team: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore and Lewis Johnson

The most unlikely of the eight Sweet Sixteen pairings will see one of No. 9 Wichita State or No. 13 La Salle march on to the Elite Eight. If not for Florida Gulf Coast, the Explorers would be the Cinderella story of the tournament , but the Shockers are more than capable of ending that run tonight. While La Salle has held off No. 4 Kansas State and No. 12 Ole Miss by two points each, Wichita State has quietly gone about one of the most impressive starts of this year’s tourney. Pittsburgh was a legitimate sleeper pick to make a deep run in the West with their top-10 offence and top-20 defence, and yet the Shockers tossed them aside with an ease that top seeds are supposed to have against bubble teams before eliminating No. 1 Gonzaga in convincing fashion on Saturday night. The seeding may indicate that this should be an exciting matchup of teams in over their heads, but Wichita State is no average No. 9 seed and that should become clear again against No. 13 La Salle.

My Pick: Wichita State