The 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues Saturday with the first two games of the Elite Eight!
Kicking things off at 6:09 p.m. ET, the East Region takes center stage, as 9-seed Florida Atlantic aims to continue its hot streak in this tournament against 3-seed Kansas State at Madison Square Garden.
Later, in Las Vegas, there will be a No. 3 vs. No. 4 battle, as Gonzaga faces UConn in the West Region at 8:49 p.m. ET.
The remaining Final Four teams will be decided Sunday among 2-seed Texas or 5-seed Miami (Fla.) and 5-seed San Diego State or 6-seed Creighton. This is the first time since seeding began in 1979 that no 1-seed advanced to the Elite Eight.
Three schools — Creighton, FAU and SDSU — are making their debut in the Elite Eight. FAU is the first Conference USA team to make the Elite Eight since 2008, while SDSU is the first Mountain West team to make the Elite Eight all time.
What’s more, six of the eight coaches in the Elite Eight are coaching in the round for the first time in their career, with Miami’s Jim Larrañaga and Gonzaga’s Mark Few being the only two to have coached this far into the tournament before.
Follow along with the most up-to-date bracket here.
Here are the highlights!
No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 3 Kansas State (Saturday, 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS)
FAU was first to strike in this one, making a splash with a 3-pointer right out of the gate to set the tone early.
A 9-seed has faced a 3-seed twice before in the Elite Eight (since 1985), with No. 9 teams going 0-2 in those games.
Stay tuned for updates!
No. 4 UConn vs. No. 3 Gonzaga (Saturday, 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS)
A 4-seed has faced a 3-seed five times in the Elite Eight (since 1985), with No. 4 teams going 3-2 in those games.
No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 5 San Diego State (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, CBS)
A 6-seed has faced a 5-seed once before in the Elite Eight (since 1985), with No. 6 teams going 0-1 in that game.
No. 5 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 2 Texas (Sunday, 4:55 p.m. ET, CBS)
A 5-seed has faced a 2-seed five times in the Elite Eight (since 1985), with No. 5 teams going 4-1 in those games.
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