2017 NCAA Tournament: Michigan State Basketball Vs. Kansas: Game Time, TV Channel, Watch Online

Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) dunks against Purdue in Kansas City. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)

The field has narrowed, but the excitement certainly hasn’t. Here’s what to watch for as we move into Sweet 16 action in the NCAA tournament Thursday night. We’ve included times, channel information and point spreads.

All point spreads taken Wednesday afternoon from the consensus odds at VegasInsider.com. All times EDT.

Final score from Midwest Region

Kansas 98, Purdue 66

Purdue gave Kansas all it could handle — for 24 minutes. At that point the Jayhawks were up by just two points, 53-51, but they would turn the Midwest Region Sweet 16 matchup into a laugher, closing out the game on a 45-15 run.

Going into the tournament, Kansas was viewed by some as the most vulnerable of the four top seeds, particularly as it had been knocked out of the Big 12 tourney in just one game. But the Jayhawks have firing on almost all of their offensive cylinders in their three wins, scoring no fewer than 90 points in any game thus far.

Kansas, which looks like a juggernaut, will meet Oregon on Saturday for the right to go to the Final Four.

Kansas is headed to the Elite 8!

The Jayhawks are the 6th team to win each of their first 3 tournament games by 20+ points. pic.twitter.com/Z5CGzQlvfR

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2017

West Region semifinal

Halftime report

Two years ago, Arizona won a hard-fought, Sweet 16 game against Xavier, in a matchup of Coach Sean Miller’s current team versus his former squad. History repeated itself Thursday, for at least 20 minutes, as the Wildcats, seeded second in the West Region, took a two-point lead over the No. 11 Musketeers, 37-35, to the locker room.

It wouldn’t have been that close if not for the heroics of Xavier star Trevon Bluiett, who hit seven of eight shots and scored 18 points, over half his team’s output. Arizona got a more balanced effort, with Dusan Ristic’s nine points leading nine Wildcats who scored.

The winner gets to meet No. 1 Gonzaga for a trip to the Final Four.

Hey Xavier’s playing so here’s Bill Murray

Look who’s taking in the game out in San Jose.

Finally found Bill Murray in the Xavier section. His son, Luke, is an assistant on the Musketeers' bench. pic.twitter.com/tXkteVcqAK

— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) March 24, 2017

Hey Bill Murray 😜 pic.twitter.com/9DOvO8zrtJ

— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 24, 2017

Bill Murray couldn't hide tonight. They introduced him on the scoreboard with a proper PA intro. He throws up an "X."

— Pat Brennan (@PBrennanENQ) March 24, 2017

Kansas’s Lagerald Vick with the 360 dunk

Look out.

We've got a 360 dunk! #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/YimXLCssfP

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 24, 2017

Midwest Region semifinal

Halftime report

Kansas 47, Purdue 40

Kansas finished the first half on a 22-7 run to re-establish control of a game in which it had a considerable home-court advantage. Playing in Kansas City, the Jayhawks got 15 points from their leader, Frank Mason III, on f-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The Boilermakers shot an impressive .556 as a team, hitting 15 of 27 shots, even though their best player, Caleb Swanigan, was held to six points on just two shots from the field. Both sides were hot from outside, combining to make 14 of 29 three-point attempts.

Either #kubball is doing a great job of limiting touches for Swanigan or Purdue just wants to throw up 3s. Feels like the latter to me

— Steven Spector (@StevenSpector10) March 24, 2017

Off the ref. Down the floor. Alley-oop. Nothing but net. #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/E4mKqEUq0z

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 24, 2017

Final score from West Region

Gonzaga 61, West Virginia 58

One would say that this game had an ugly ending, except that it began ugly and never stopped. That said, top-seeded Gonzaga will take another less-than-attractive West Region win, following a controversial victory over Northwestern and a first-rounder in which it led by just four at halftime against 16th-seeded South Dakota State.

As for that ending, West Virginia was unable to get off a shot in the final few seconds despite having had a chance to set things up. Overall, when they did shoot, the Mountaineers hit just 18 of 58 attempts, for a .310 percentage that made the Bulldogs’ .397 mark shine in comparison. Of course, West Virginia’s approach is to ugly things up with a physical, defensive style, and Gonzaga deserves credit for keeping its composure and making just enough plays to win.

[Gonzaga survives West Virginia in a ‘rock fight,’ advances in NCAA tournament]

The Zags are making their 3rd-ever Elite 8 appearance. They lost both of the previous games to the eventual champion. https://t.co/JRWS15fvGe

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2017

Gonzaga punches its ticket to the Elite 8! pic.twitter.com/KGSAreNcNJ

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2017

This was a tough final possession for West Virginia. pic.twitter.com/DQydr0OeMz

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 24, 2017

More officiating issues

In a foul-filled game that was already taking an epic amount of time to complete, officials lengthened proceedings by huddling with just under two minutes left. They were looking at a play where West Virginia’s Nathan Adrien may or may not have stepped out of bounds while trying to save the ball from doing so. Onlookers were not amused at the unusually long stoppage in play.

What an embarrassment, these officials. Look at the screen, make the damn call…What hell? To have this long stoppage in play is awful.

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) March 24, 2017

MAKE THE DAMN CALL ALREADY! IN THE WEST VIRGINIA-GONZAGA GAME.

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) March 24, 2017

Complete officiating debacle right now in WVU-Gonzaga

— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 24, 2017

Refs in Gonzaga/WVU need a special prosecutor for this review

— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) March 24, 2017

A call review in #WVvsGON took ~7 minutes of real time, and announcer Chris Webber is livid. I guess he finally got that extra timeout.

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 24, 2017

Block city

West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate met Johnathan Williams’s dunk attempt with enough of his fingertips to block the shot. That play had Chris Webber nearly losing his mind on the TBS telecast.

Chris Webber loses his mind after Kinate's block pic.twitter.com/6ZzC3WSm66

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 24, 2017

Gonzaga’s Jordan Mathews completes a four-point play

Zags with the 4-pointer! pic.twitter.com/fYZnZE42an

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 24, 2017

He went on to hit the free throw, giving the Bulldogs a seven-point, second-half lead with over 16 minutes left.

Final Score from the Midwest Region

Oregon 69, Michigan 68

Oregon will have a chance to do last year’s squad one better — if not, much, much better.

The Ducks survived a last-second shot by Michigan star Derrick Walton Jr. to advance to the Midwest Region final, in which they’ll face Kansas or Purdue. In 2016, Oregon made it to the West Region final, but lost to a Buddy Hield-led Oklahoma team.

Walton may take a while to get over his miss, but he can some solace in having been, as usual, the Wolverines’ best player. The senior guard had a team-high 20 points and eight assists, while tournament darling Moe Wagner could not keep up his hot play, finishing with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting.

Sophomore Tyler Dorsey led Oregon with 20 points, while junior Jordan Bell had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Oregon is headed to the Elite 8!

It's @OregonMBB's 2nd straight Elite 8 appearance and 5th overall (0-4 in previous 4).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2017

Oregon hangs on! #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/ul8hvWJPaD

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 24, 2017

West Region Semifinal

Halftime report

Gonzaga 30, West Virginia 30

We described the first half of the Oregon-Michigan game as “very choppy” and having gotten “off to a slow start.” Actually, it was a thing of beauty compared to this one, in which Gonzaga and West Virginia took an hour to get through 20 foul-filled minutes.

How foul-filled? How about a total of 27, with the Bulldogs accounting for 15, even more the Mountaineers, who are known for a physical style that draws whistles. The one Bulldog playing well offensively, forward Jordan Williams (11 points on four-of-four shooting), had to sit for much of the half after picking up his second foul, and four teammates have at least that many.

At this point, Gonzaga has played three poor halves out of a possible five, and West Virginia has to be feeling good about being very much in it despite shooting an awful .226 from the field, hitting just seven of 31 shots and one of 11 from three-point range. For comparison, the Mountaineers have six turnovers in addition to 12 fouls committed.

Midwest Region semifinal

Halftime report

Oregon 35, Michigan 33

Michigan wasn’t supposed to be here, and it played like it at first, but fortunately for the Wolverines, Oregon also got off to a slow start. But a game that was very choppy through the first eight minutes, at which point the score was 11-11, picked as it went along.

Still, Michigan had to be concerned about its uncharacteristically high number of turnovers, seven, in the first half. The Wolverines also shot relatovely poorly, going just 11 of 28 from the field (.393), while the Ducks weren’t exactly lights-out, either, hitting 12 of 29 shots (.414).

Michigan’s German tournament revelation, Moe Wagner, made just two of eight shots for four points, with the team’s leader, Derick Walton Jr., coming through with 11 points. Tyler Dorsey led Oregon with 12 points, while Jordan Bell had eight but missed an easy dunk.

Oregon early scouting report: struggles with the wide open dunk pic.twitter.com/NxBbcbIuK5

— Barstool Blue (@BarstoolUofM) March 23, 2017

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