When No. 5 Houston takes on No. 2 Villanova in San Antonio on Saturday night, it will be all about the Elite Eight in March Madness.
So far in March Madness, four tickets have been punched into the Elite Eight
While eight more teams competed on Friday for four more seats, four more teams completed the task on Thursday evening. In San Francisco, No. 4 Arkansas defeated No. 1 Gonzaga. In San Antonio, No. 2 Villanova put an end to No. 11 Michigan’s Cinderella season. While No. 2 Duke won a close game against No. 3 Texas Tech in San Francisco, No. 5 Houston dominated No. 1 Arizona in San Antonio.
Here’s how the first wave of the Elite Eight will look come Saturday night, now that those four teams have advanced.
When does the Elite Eight begin in March Madness 2022?
The No. 5 Houston Cougars will face the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats in the South Regional Final. The game will begin at 6:09 p.m. ET (5:09 p.m. CT) from San Antonio’s AT & T Center.The game will be broadcast on TBS. After an impressive run last season, Houston is looking to return to the Final Four. Under Jay Wright, Villanova has been a regular in the late stages of the tournament for years.
The No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks will face the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils in the West Regional Final. The game will begin at 8:49 p.m. ET (5:49 p.m. ET) from the Chase Center in San Francisco. Following the South Regional Final, TBS will broadcast the game. Arkansas is coming alive under head coach Eric Musselman, while Mike Krzyzewski is in his final tournament as Duke’s head coach.
The Elite Eight will be completed on Sunday with the East and Midwest Regional Finals. The winner of No. 15 Saint Peter’s vs. No. 3 Purdue will face the winner of No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 4 UCLA in the East Regional Final. The winner of No. 4 Providence vs. No. 1 Kansas will face the winner of No. 11 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Miami in the Midwest Regional Final.
The best part of the Elite Eight, without a doubt, is when the winner of each game cuts down the nets.