NCAA Tournament: Breaking down today’s 5 can’t-miss games


Here’s the Post’s guide to Thursday’s five can’t-miss NCAA Tournament games:

6) Maryland vs. (3) LSU
12:10 p.m., CBS

If you like big men, this is the game for you. Maryland’s front line of Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith both posted double-doubles in the Terps’ first-round win against Belmont, while Asbury Park, N.J., native Naz Reid leads LSU. Reid (6-foot-10) is a potential first-round draft pick with outside range, making 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers.

(7) Wofford vs. (2) Kentucky
2:40 p.m., CBS

This second-round matchup is the classic David vs. Goliath game of the day. The Terriers, out of the Southern Conference, picked up the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history Friday against Seton Hall, and will be relying on the all-time Division I 3-point marksman Fletcher Magee to topple the Wildcats. Kentucky may be vulnerable, playing without injured star forward PJ Washington.

(10) Florida vs. (2) Michigan
5:15 p.m., CBS

When it comes to the postseason, these two schools just can’t get enough of each other. On the football field, the storied programs have met twice in bowl games since 2016, splitting the two contests. On the basketball court, they faced off in 2013 in an Elite Eight game, won 79-59 by Michigan.

(12) Murray St. vs. (4) Florida St.
6:10 p.m., TNT

Welcome to the Ja Morant Show. Entering the tournament, all the hype had gone to Duke phenom Zion Williamson, but that was before Morant lit up Marquette with a triple-double in Thursday’s first round. Fans of NBA teams with lottery picks — hello, Knicks — should keep a close eye on him.

(10) Minnesota vs. (2) Michigan St.
7:45 p.m., CBS

The controversy over Tom Izzo’s sideline behavior lasted a second day, with former Michigan State players and others, including Charles Barkley, coming to the coach’s defense. On the court, Izzo’s team will face a familiar foe in fellow Big Ten member Minnesota. The two conference foes were allowed to be seeded for a potential second-round matchup because they played only once in the regular season, a 79-55 Michigan State victory on Feb. 9 in East Lansing.