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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Day Two: how to watch, game previews

Louisville, Michigan State, Duke and Gonzaga looking to finish the last two pieces to the Final Four.

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It won't be easy to top last night's thrillers as Wisconsin hit 10 three pointers in the second half to run all over one of the best defenses in college basketball while Notre Dame nearly shocked the world against 37-0 (now 38-0) Kentucky.

But these two match-ups are nothing to brush over. Tom Izzo versus Rick Pitino? Jahlil Okafor versus one of the best front lines in the country? The excitement truly never stops in March, especially with two more spots in the Final Four on the line.

How/Where to watch

2:20 pm ET CBS #4 Louisville vs. #7 Michigan State (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

5:05 pm ET CBS #1 Duke vs. #2 Gonzaga (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

Game Previews

#4 Louisville vs. #7 Michigan State East Regional Final

Who would have thought the Cardinals would be in the Sweet 16 after dismissing one of their best players and best defenders mid-season? Rick Pitino has done of marvelous job with this squad as he knows the Cardinals don't shoot the ball well, but he also knows they have two future pros (Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell) so he works them hard defensively.

Louisville is also getting production from freshman Quentin Snider, who has scored 40 points so far in this tournament, and Anton Gill, who came off the bench against North Carolina State and scored seven key points.

The Spartans are led by head coach Tom Izzo and this team has come a long way since losing to Texas Southern during the non-conference portion of their schedule. They have experience with Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson, they are lethal in transition and they can knock down three pointers at ease. Izzo's squad is playing with a bunch of confidence and it showed after they fell behind by ten against Buddy Hield and Oklahoma before battling back to advance.

This is a chess match between two Hall of Fame coaches and this match-up may come down to who scores more points in transition and who controls the paint (Louisville is 22nd in the country in rebounding and Michigan State is 36th).

#1 Duke vs. #2 Gonzaga South Regional Final

Besides Arizona versus Wisconsin, this is the game that most fans have been looking forward to. Jahlil Okafor, who is projected to be the number one pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, only scored six points against 7-footers Jakob Poeltl and Dallin Bachynski in the Sweet 16.

Now Okafor, must face one of the tallest front-lines in the country that features Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis

Karnowski has the size and strength to handle the future pro while Sabonis is efficient enough on the offensive side of the ball to provide scoring in the paint, but Gonzaga may be in more trouble guarding Justice Winslow.

The Houston native scored 21 points and grabbed 10 boards against the Utes in the Sweet 16 and he has been impressive playing as a stretch four for most of the second half of the season. Kyle Wiljter, who will likely be matched up with Winslow, is a similar stretch four but isn't a great defender and doesn't have the strength and agility that Winslow has. Wiltjer is coming off only an eight point performance against the Bruins and he's going to have to have a big game if the Zags are going to reach their first Final Four ever.

Expect Coach K's game plan to consist of the Blue Devils using their transition game to wear down Gonzaga's front line. Karnowski does not move well and Duke's fast break attack may be the key to putting the big man on the bench for long stretches of the Elite Eight showdown.