2016 NCAA Tournament: Miami-Villanova time, TV, odds, live stream, matchup info

CORAL GABLES – Third-seeded Miami is back in the Sweet 16, taking on second-seeded Villanova on Thursday in Louisville. Quick-hit info on the game:

Davon Reed and the Hurricanes get a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Davon Reed and the Hurricanes get a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday. (Getty Images)

When: 7:10 p.m. Thursday

Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

Watch: on CBS, or free online streaming on desktop and mobile. Also follow @mattyports for running commentary.

Records: Miami 27-7 (13-5 ACC), Villanova 31-5 (16-2 Big East)

Line: Villanova by 4 as of Sunday evening, per VegasInsider

Reading material: More preview content to come this week; UM meets the media Monday before traveling to Louisville. Previously: Confident Miami wants to prove March is Hurricane seasonUM holds off Wichita State in second roundLarranaga’s rare technical serves purposeMid-tier Wichita State a major test for Hurricanes … Miami survives upset-minded Buffalo in first round … Hurricanes hope to ride experience deep in the NCAA tournament … What they’re saying about Miami’s NCAA chances … Larranaga returns to Providence (dig those old photos, too)Hurricanes happy to be dancing againVideo breakdown of Miami’s tourney hopes … Buffalo overcomes adversity to make the dance … What does President Obama think of the Canes?

Winner gets: Elite Eight berth in Louisville on Saturday against winner of No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland game (which begins following Miami-Villanova)

Quick take: Looking to reach the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, the Hurricanes get a Wildcats team that ran roughshod on Iowa in the second round. Miami can score on just about anyone, but Villanova ranks better than Miami in KenPom’s offensive (No. 10 vs. 12) and defensive (No. 7 vs. 36) efficiency metrics. The Wildcats spent three weeks at No. 1 — the first time they climbed that high — and won the Big East regular-season title. They hadn’t reached the Sweet 16 in five tournament appearances since making a Final Four run in 2009.

There are some outstanding matchups here. A breakdown:

Point guard: Miami senior Angel Rodriguez scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting on Saturday, going 3-of-4 from downtown. He also had five assists, four steals — and seven turnovers. Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono was 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range on Sunday. He finished with 16 points and four assists. Rodriguez is smaller (5-10, 180) than Arcidiacono (6-3, 195), but both have a knack for taking over games, finding teammates, hustling all over and hitting free throws. Both coaches — Miami’s Jim Larranaga and Villanova’s Jay Wright — favor guard-heavy lineups that share the ball, but with the game on the line, the ball will be in the hands of these two.

Shooting guard: Guards scored 58 of Miami’s 65 points on Saturday, and ultra-efficient senior Sheldon McClellan (6-5, 205) had 18. Like Rodriguez, UM’s leading scorer (16.0 ppg) can make 24-footers with the clock winding down, and loves to use his springy hops to get up and catch alley-oops from Rodriguez. Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson (6-3, 199), a former top-20 recruit, can slash into traffic and defend aggressively. He averages 9.9 points per game.

Small forward: Miami junior Davon Reed (6-6, 210) is a rangy, versatile defender who can handle the ball — he played point guard his freshman year — and knock down threes.  Villanova junior Josh Hart (6-5, 200) was one of four Wildcats in double figures (19) on Sunday as Villanova shot 59.3 percent, including 10-of-19 from beyond the arc — the latter a much better figure than their 34.2 regular-season mark. Hart is Nova’s most complete player: he is its leading scorer (15.3), can shoot, penetrate and play physical defense. He also averages 7.1 rebounds, which at his height is impressive.

Power forward: Miami’s Kamari Murphy (6-8, 216) isn’t a jump-shooter, but can finish around the rim and is a high-energy defender and shot blocker. He has come alive in the NCAAs, putting up a career night against Buffalo in the first round (11 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks). He had a 4-7-2 stat line against Wichita. He’ll have a height advantage on fellow junior Kris Jenkins (6-6, 240), but the bulkier Jenkins can score from just about anywhere. He  averages 13.3 points per game but has gone over 20 five times in the last month (10 games), including a 31-point night against DePaul.

Center: Miami’s Tonye Jekiri (7-0, 250) was runner-up for ACC defensive player of the year and is a vital part of Miami’s defense. He protects the rim and is athletic enough to defend to the perimeter; he can handle switches better than most big men. His offense (7.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg) comes and goes, but he’s not bad from in close and can make free throws. Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu (6-11, 245) is a massive presence in the paint and has more offensive game (10.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg). He dealt with a sprained right ankle in the Big East Tournament, but appeared to be fine last week. Jekiri will be challenged to match his shot-blocking and rebounding.

Bench: First off the bench for Miami is sophomore Ja’Quan Newton (6-2, 185) who had a poor stretch against Wichita State but is usually a penetrating offensive weapon — and will no doubt be fired up about playing against Nova, his hometown school and one of many that recruited him. Freshman Anthony Lawrence Jr. (6-7, 185) and sophomore James Palmer (6-5, 200) can play and defend multiple positions. Senior Ivan Cruz Uceda (6-10, 217) a former starter, has seen his playing time drastically diminish for defensive reasons; however, he is long with a quick release from the outside. Villanova’s bench has contributing forwards in lanky freshman Mikal Bridges (6-7, 191) and junior Darryl Reynolds (6-8, 225) and sophomore point guard Phil Booth (6-3, 185).


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