Next up, Treefort, followed by the X-Games qualifier in June and then the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Boise in 2021.
Chicago-Loyola. The Ramblers wrecked brackets across the country and are rambling into the Sweet 16 with a 98-year-old nun on their side, so don't count them out. Whether it's from posts on social media, students coming up to him in the dorm or professors wishing the team well in classes, they keep pouring in. "We're taking a three-loss Ohio State team, because they're not playing a level of competition that the higher level is". They averaged 84 points in two games last weekend after leading the nation in offensive efficiency during the regular season, and the Wildcats will score a ton against a West Virginia team that's allowed more than 72 points per game over their last eight contests.
Schuelke said it's quick and easy to fill out the national bracket challenges because they're available on the web. Jay Wright's squad faced a pesky Alabama team in the Round of 32, and at halftime, it appeared as if the No. 9 seed had a chance to upset Villanova. Mid-major teams generally are more fundamentally sound, more team-oriented and more experienced than the big boys.
Villanova meets the Mountaineers (26-10) in one semifinal Friday, while the Boilermakers (30-6) face the Red Raiders (26-9) in the other. This is one of America's unhealthy obsessions and arguably the most disgraceful, when one considers who ends up reaping the benefits.
Duke over Syracuse: Bagley gets the ball in the high post and dices up the 2-3 zone.
As exciting as these Cinderella stories are, three of four one seeds still remain (as of last Sunday afternoon).
Despite the loss, DelVecchio walked away from the sport as an All-American for the first and final time of his career. As a writer and a person who appreciates the beauty of basketball as a sport, I may have a little bit more nuance in how I view the tournament, but that by no means exempts me from my participation in the madness and effectively, my support of the NCAA.
The Blue Devil men sent four swimmers and divers to the 2017 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
Duke. Blueblood Blue Devils are back in the Sweet 16.
KWICKIES...The No. 1-seeded Baylor Bears were shocked by fourth-seeded Mississippi State Sunday in the National Invitation Tournament 78-77 on a three-pointer with five seconds left that got a friendly bounce off the rim. An entire region left without a Top 4 seed in the Sweet 16 for the first time.
The Shockers went out in the first round, upset by Marshall, Conference USA's only tournament team. Considering how many people are employed by UB, it's safe to assume several (soon to be former) employees picked Arizona last Thursday.
Virginia wasn't the only favored team to lose by a significant amount of points.
March Madness is created to be unpredictable.
Four of Auburn's relays are seeded in the top 16, with both of the medley relays seeded fifth.
A quick scan of the South and West regions shows No. 3 MI - a team that was fifth in its conference - as the lowest-seeded team remaining on that entire half of the bracket.
While Virginia suffered the biggest upset, the Cavaliers weren't the only favorites taken down during the tournament's opening weekend. The Bulldogs have an incredibly balanced scoring attack to go along with a top-15 defense that is good enough to win the national championship. Seventh-seeded Nevada added to that by matching the second-biggest comeback in tournament history to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73 after trailing by 22 points in the second half.
"We told the guys before, look at today alone: Michigan State, North Carolina, basically at home losing today", Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. Few is a great coach. He will be a key player in this matchup.