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Shockers lead field on second full day of NCAA tournament

The NCAA tournament had a gigantic opening day on March 20. With four overtime games, several upsets and several near upsets, day two of the NCAA tournament's opening slate has a lot to live up to. To make the effort, the 16 games on March 21 feature three top seeds, big 8-9 games and the first undefeated team to play in a March Madness game in over 20 years.

12:15 p.m. est: Mercer vs Duke - Jabari Parker, Quinn Cook kick off latest NCAA tournament run for Blue Devils.
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VanVleet, Shockers put unbeaten mark on line in March Madness
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The Wichita State Shockers are the biggest mystery of the NCAA tournament, despite being 34-0 and having made the Final Four last season. But since the Midwest bracket gave the Shockers potential opponents like the Louisville Cardinals, Michigan Wolverines and Duke Blue Devils, it raised even more questions about how ready they are after their soft regular season schedule.

However, Wichita State's opening tournament game stands to be its last cupcake, as 14-19 Cal Poly emerged as its first challenger. Nonetheless, everyone is looking ahead to the Shockers facing the Kentucky Wildcats next, although those Wildcats still have to get past Kansas State's Wildcats first.

That showdown is one of two big name battles between No. 8 and No. 9 seeds on March 21, with the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Oklahoma State Cowboys forging the other out West. The Cowboys are a potential NCAA tournament sleeper at full strength, while the Bulldogs are out for redemption after the Shockers knocked them off as a top seed last March.

The winner of that game is likely to face the top seeded Arizona Wildcats -- the second No. 1 in action on this schedule. The Virginia Cavaliers are the third, facing Coastal Carolina after surging to the top line by winning the ACC over the Duke Blue Devils, who tip off today's slate of games against Mercer.

The NCAA tournament started with two No. 12 seeds winning, the defending champion Cardinals almost getting knocked off, and the overall No. 1 Florida Gators struggling. What surprises, if any, are left over for the second half of the second round?

The accompanying slideshow lists the 16 games scheduled for the latest round of March Madness, along with their projected starting times.

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