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2014 March Madness schedule: Saturday includes Oregon-Wisconsin, NDSU against SDSU

We're down to 32 teams, and the NCAA Tournament has a few intriguing matchups on Saturday.

What's caught our eye on Saturday? A few games in the West Region that will dictate the Arizona Wildcats path should they beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday.

No. 12 North Dakota State vs. No. 4 San Diego State

3:10 p.m. MST, TNT

The winner of this one faces the victor between Arizona and Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. North Dakota State pulled the upset on No. 5 seed Oklahoma on Thursday, and San Diego State needed overtime to pull off a victory against a common opponent with the Wildcats, the New Mexico State Aggies. This one should be a grind-it-out affair, but Xavier Thames has put the Aztecs on his back and will be there to take over in crunch-time.

No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 3 Syracuse

4:10 p.m. MST, TBS

Archie Miller's team showed it could play with the big boys with a edge over Ohio State to open the tournament. As you might expect from a Miller-coached squad, the Flyers are tough and defensive-minded. They play against a Syracuse Orange team that floundered down the stretch of the regular season, but a 77-53 win against Western Michigan perhaps has the Orange back on track.

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

4:45 p.m. MST, CBS

Bo Ryan's Badgers are probably a big-time threat to win the West Region, and they showed why in a 75-35 blowout of American in the second round of the tournament. The Badgers led by only 10 at halftime but outscored American 43-13 in the final 20 minutes, and that kind of defensive presence will look interesting against an Oregon Ducks squad that is clicking at the right time. Will Dana Altman's crew look like it did in a Pac-12 tournament blowout against UCLA, or like it did in an 87-68 win against BYU to open the NCAA Tournament? With all the key players on the Ducks -- Joseph Young, Jason Calliste, Dominic Artis -- it's Elgin Cook, an aggressive, physical forward, who is the key, in my opinion.

South Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Florida Gators (1) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 1215p CBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
MidWest Saint Louis Billikens (5) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 245p CBS Anderson/Bonner//Leahy)
MidWest Texas Longhorns (7) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 515p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Lewis Johnson
West North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (13) / San Diego State Aztecs (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 610p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
South Dayton Flyers (11) vs. Syracuse Orange (3) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 710p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce
West Oregon Ducks (7) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 745p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Lewis Johnson
East Harvard Crimson (12) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 840p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Connecticut Huskies (7) vs. Villanova Wildcats (2) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 940p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce