AAC Tournament: Duke vs. Kentucky – The Blue Devils – 6 p.m.
Saturday (ESPN2) (5 p., 10 p.M.
ET) Duke and Kentucky are the reigning champs of the AAC tournament, with the Blue Devils winning the inaugural title.
The Blue Jackets defeated Virginia Tech and Texas A&M in the finals of the tournament last year and have won seven straight.
Kentucky defeated Georgia Tech, Duke and Texas in the championship game last season.
Duke, led by guard Justin Jackson, leads the AAS with 30.8 points per game and ranks second in the country with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Blue Devils are one of three teams that have reached the Sweet 16 in each of the last three seasons.
Kentucky is the only team to advance past the Sweet Sixteen since it did so in 2016.
The Wildcats defeated South Carolina and Louisville in the title game last year, and beat Florida State, Louisville and Miami in the semifinals.
Jackson is averaging 25.3 points per contest this season, while averaging 10.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds.
Kansas State leads the Big 12 in assists per game (10.6), rebounds per game (.918), points per games (23.4) and field goals per game at 32.8.
Iowa State has won five consecutive games against top-25 teams, including a 79-70 victory over the Wildcats last week.
The Cyclones have won five of their last six meetings with Duke.
Texas A&m is ranked third nationally in offensive efficiency (106.4), fourth in total offense (1,859.2), fifth in assists (26.2) and seventh in steals (2,983).
The Aggies have won 10 straight home games against ranked opponents and are 5-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll.
Michigan State and Northwestern both won their first four games against the Wildcats, with a 69-56 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 7 and a 76-62 victory at Spartan Stadium on Feb. 3.
Wisconsin has won six of its last seven meetings with the Wildcats.
Notre Dame has won seven of its past eight meetings with Tennessee, with an 84-67 victory in Knoxville on Dec, 2.
North Carolina is ranked second nationally in points per possession (110.1) and assists per play (6.8) while allowing just 14.5 points per 100 possessions, which ranks seventh in the nation.
No. 4 Ohio State (10-1, 6-0 A) leads the league in scoring at 105.2 points per day, while ranking third in total defense (2.839) and fourth in assists at 6.3.
Tennessee (12-2, 6:04 p.t.) is the first non-Big Ten team to reach the Sweet 18 since Indiana (11-3, 6.8).
No other Big Ten team has won more than eight games in a season since Indiana in 2007-08.
Mississippi State (12, 3-0) has won two of its three games against North Carolina, while the Tar Heels are coming off a 97-73 victory in Chapel Hill on Feb, 10.
In its last two games against Duke and the Blue Jackets, the Blue Raiders have beaten the Blue Devil and South Carolina, respectively.
Florida State (7-2) is coming off back-toback victories over North Carolina and Tennessee.
Ohio State, which has won 14 straight games at home, has won 11 of its first 12 games in Chapel Falls.
Oregon (6-2), which has lost two of three to Duke, is coming back from a loss to Kentucky on Saturday.
Western Kentucky is coming out of the first round of the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons and the third time in the last four seasons.
The Mountaineers have won six straight games and nine of 12 overall.
Baylor has won three straight against Texas A & M and has lost one of four.
South Carolina is coming into its first-round matchup against No. 4 Florida State after beating the Yellow Jackets in its first game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in January.
Vanderbilt is coming in off its season-opening loss to Florida State.
San Diego State (8-2-1) has dropped six straight and three of its four road games, while San Jose State is coming to town to face No. 7 North Carolina.
Oklahoma State is the last team in the Big Eight to make the Sweet Four, while West Virginia is the second team in that conference to reach that level in each season since 2009-10.
Minnesota (8, 4-1), which is coming home after beating Indiana in overtime in the Sweet Eight