2016 NCAA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
- Rounds 1 & 2: Dec. 1-3
- Regional Rounds 3 & 4: Dec. 9-10
- Semifinals: Dec. 15
- Final: Dec. 17
- Full Bracket
DAY 3 MATCHUPS
All start times in U.S. Eastern Time.
6:00 PM – #7 North Carolina vs Coastal Carolina (host: North Carolina)
6:30 PM – #16 Penn State vs Pittsburgh (host: Penn State)
7:00 PM – #2 Minnesota vs Hawaii (host: Minnesota)
7:30 PM – #11 Florida vs Florida State (host: Florida)
7:30 PM – #9 Michigan State vs Arizona (host: Michigan State)
8:00 PM – #14 Kansas State vs Ohio State (host: Kansas State)
8:00 PM – #4 Texas vs SMU (host: Texas)
8:00 PM – #1 Nebraska vs TCU (host: Nebraska)
9:00 PM – #13 BYU vs UNLV (host: BYU)
10:00 PM – #6 Stanford vs Boise State (host: Stanford)
10:00 PM – #10 UCLA vs Baylor (host: UCLA)
10:30 PM – #8 Washington vs Kentucky (host: Washington)
STORYLINES TO FOLLOW
Rivalry Night in Gainesville: One of our first major conference NCAA rivalry matches of this year’s tournament takes place tonight between Florida and Florida State. The Gators won a share of the SEC title this year and beat Florida State on the road 3-1 back in September. The Seminoles are part of an ACC that only placed 3 teams into the NCAA Tournament (the lowest of any major conference) but is currently 3-0 in matches with all three programs still alive.
In-state battles abound: Florida and FSU aren’t the only in-state rivals clashing tonight. UNC takes on Coastal Carolina in a second-straight North Carolina matchup for the Tar Heels. Penn State takes on Pittsburgh in a battle for Pennsylvania supremacy. And Texas and SMU face off in what’s a second-straight Texas shootout for both programs.
Upset alert: The first of the seeded teams fell in round 2: #5 Kansas to unranked Creighton. Could another top-16 program fall tonight? Pitt has a couple of big upsets this year and takes on the lowest-seeded team, Penn State. Meanwhile Ohio State is one of just two teams to beat #1 Nebraska this year, and takes on #14 Kansas State. And don’t count out Florida State against #11 Florida – they have the closest RPI spread of any matchup tonight, with Florida at #10 and FSU at #22.