The Baylor Bears (26-7) are the No. 3 seed in the East Region, and will take on the No. 11 seed USC Trojans (26-9). The game will be played at Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa at 7:45 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
Preview: Baylor took care of business against New Mexico State in the first round despite a shaky first half, cruising to an easy 91-73 win. The Bears are led by forward Johnathan Motley, who averages 17.3 points per game.
In somewhat of a shocker, USC took down No. 6 seeded SMU with a late 3-pointer to seal the win, 66-65. The Trojans are led by Chimezie Metu, who averages 14.5 points per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 7:45 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: truTV
Location: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Baylor -6, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, USC and Baylor have met twice, with each side winning one game. In 1955, USC took down Baylor, 72-59. In 1976, the Bears got revenge, winning 84-83. They have never met in the NCAA Tournament.
Baylor has appeared in the tournament 10 times, and the Bears have advanced to two Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 11-12, and have never won a national championship.
USC has appeared in the tournament 17 times, and the Trojans have advanced to two Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 11-12, and have never won a national championship.
Prediction: Baylor gets the win. The zone may have worked against SMU, but it won’t work against Baylor. The Bears are long, physical and the mismatches will be plentiful against the Trojans. Baylor wins by eight.