The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are one such team. After beating the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers, the Blue Raiders now face the Minnesota Golden Gophers at home. Another victory would earn them a trip to Madison Square Garden to play Washington.
Tubby Smith's group is coming off of a 78-60 beating of Miami (FL) on the road, so their confidence is soaring. The Big Ten participants are one of two teams playing tonight from a power conference.
Stanford barely beat Illinois State 92-88 in overtime in the second round and will need a better effort to knock off a tough Nevada group.
The Wolf Pack beat Bucknell 75-67 in their previous tilt at home and will now take to the road in search of a victory. The winner of this game moves on to face UMass.
No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers at No. 4 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders - 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3
No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack at No. 3 Stanford Cardinal - 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3