March Madness: Three things to know about NCAA tournament on Friday

Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley leads his team against West Virginia at 2:10 p.m. ET Friday.

1. ’90s REVIVAL: Though it only has one game behind it in the NCAA tournament, a victory against Hampton, Kentucky already is being considered the best team in Lexington since its 1996 national champion. But that’s not the only aspect of this year’s tournament that is inspiring 1990s nostalgia.

First, coaches Bobby Hurley and Bryce Drew will compete in consecutive timeslots in Columbus, Ohio today. And Thursday’s results assured that the school that won the 1993 championship, North Carolina, will face Arkansas, the school that won the 1994 championship on Saturday in the round of 32.

2. SITE TO BEHOLD: We ranked today’s 16 second-round games, but what if we ranked their four sites by their combined matchups? There might be a sleeper in Seattle. Every matchup in the Emerald City features an established or up and coming team from a mid-major league, and those matchups have great potential for upsets. Gonzaga and Davidson represent much of what fans relish about the tournament, and Northern Iowa is right there with them and possibly underseeded.

And make sure to catch UC Irvine and 7-6 Mamadou Ndiaye, the tallest player in college basketball. The Anteaters are coached by former Division III star big man Russell Turner, who has become one of Division I’s underrated head coaches.

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3. FATHER-SON MOMENTS: Hurley, Drew and Virginia’s Tony Bennett join Georgetown’s John Thompson III as second-generation coaches, but it will be hard to top the father-son tandems featured Thursday in Jacksonville and Louisville. First, Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter knocked down of the great shots in tournament history and knocked his father Ron out of his rolling stool. Then UCLA made good on a somewhat surprising tournament invitation by beating SMU on 9-of-11 three-point shooting from Bryce Alford, son of Bruins coach Steve Alford.