It wasn't that long ago that the season tipped off. When we set out in November, 333 out of the 351 NCAA teams had a theoretical chance at winning the national championship, though independent New Jersey Institute of Technology was going to have to do something really special to win an at-large bid.
Now we're down to six teams with anything meaningful to play for, and that number will be further cut to four by the time tonight's action concludes. The upstarts and Cinderellas have been winnowed out, as they almost always are. Only perennial powers remain at this point.
Here is your schedule for today's games:
East Region, Syracuse
2:20 p.m.: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 7 Michigan State, CBS / Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
South Region, Houston
5:05 p.m.: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga, CBS / Announcers: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson
Since both games are on CBS, anybody can stream them for free on March Madness Live.