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Second Round Thursday: Your Commentary

March 17th, 2011
Jacob Pullen scored 20 points in Kansas State's winThe true fun that is the NCAA Tournament tips off on Thursday, beginning with Clemson taking on West Virginia in Tampa (no disrespect to the "First Four"). Sixteen games across the nation will captivate the country with thrilling finishes and routine blowouts being the order of the day. Below is the schedule breakdown by region by tip time, with one game from each quadrant being featured.

By the time Thursday's schedule is finished millions of brackets will be ruined, which should come as no surprise given the regular season.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott

March 15th, 2011
Carleton Scott has been a key factor in Notre Dame's successAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer spent a few moments with Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott, one of the key cogs for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame struggled when he was out with a hamstring injury in January, taking off upon his return. The two-seed in the Southwest, Notre Dame opens with Akron on Friday in Chicago.

Jon Teitel: You missed all of your freshman season after breaking your foot and four games in January after tearing your hamstring.

"Big Dance" Interviews: Cincinnati assistant coach Darren Savino

March 15th, 2011
Darren Savino was a high school teammate of Bobby Hurley'sAs part of his "Big Dance" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Cincinnati assistant coach Darren Savino, who is in his first season with the program after spending the prior four season as an assistant at Rutgers. Coach Savino has coached at all three New York metropolitan area Big East schools at one point or another in his career, and in high school he was a part of the 1989 national champions at St. Anthony HS in Jersey City. The Bearcats open with 11-seed Missouri on Thursday. 

Jon Teitel: You won a high school national championship at St.

Southeast Region Overview: Can Pitt Reach the Final Four?

March 15th, 2011
Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 21 points and seven assistsWashington, D.C. (March 17)
(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) UNC Asheville/Arkansas-Little Rock

Southwest Region Overview: Kansas Leads the Way

March 15th, 2011
Kansas forward Marcus MorrisTulsa (March 18)
(1) Kansas vs. (16) Boston University

West Region Overview: Duke Faces Many Obstacles

March 15th, 2011
Nolan Smith looks to win a 2nd straight national titleCharlotte (March 18)
(1) Duke vs. Hampton