Admit it. You're still in football mode. Or you're a casual college basketball fan who doesn't tune in until March Madness. Or you'll be watching games with friends at a bar Thursday or Friday and want to sound somewhat informed. Don't worry. I'm here for you. Below you'll find a "viewer's guide" to the round-of-64 contests that will take place the next two days. What are the must-watch games? Which coaches are at their best during March? What about players? And what are some potential upsets for your bracket? It's all available here. Make sure you read this before the games -- or even during them. You'll definitely feel more informed.
No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Colorado State: Missouri may be one of the better No. 9 seeds in recent NCAA tournament memory -- at least in terms of talent and potential. The Tigers, though, have fallen short of expectations and have a knack for wilting in close games. Two of Missouri's losses were in overtime, and five others came by three points or less.
In fairness, only one current Tigers player (Phil Pressey) played a significant role on last season's 30-win squad, so it's understandable why this team took time to jell. Colorado State returned almost every key piece of last season's NCAA tournament team and hasn't missed a beat under new coach Larry Eustachy. The addition of Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson (14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds) also has helped. Missouri is second in the country in rebounding. Colorado State ranks fourth.
No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State: The Ducks got a serious slap in the face in the form of a No. 12 seed. This is a team that finished second in the Pac-12 and owns two victories over UCLA, which finished first. Oregon also won the Pac-12 tournament and boasts a road win at UNLV.
Read the full article from Jason King of ESPN.com HERE