Sunday Brought Near March Madness Upsets

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The Stories

  • 10th seed VCU nearly defeated 2nd seed Oklahoma dropping to the Sooners 81-85
  • 11th seed Northern Iowa lost a double overtime heart breaker to 3rd seed Texas A&M 88-92 after an historic collapse.
  • 8th seed St. Josephs narrowly fell to 1st seed Oregon 64-69
  • 14th seed Stephen F. Austin lost 75-76 to 6th seed Notre Dame on a buzzer beater
  • 7th seed Wisconsin upset 2nd seed Xavier 66-63

So many close games as the upset bug was nearly cleared as the tournament moves onto the Sweet 16. While Sunday’s slate of games were missing the dramatic upsets, it’s clear that there hasn’t been this amount of parity in NCAA Basketball for a long time if ever. Every team left in the tournament could take a sudden exist at any point – there aren’t any juggernaut teams that feel invincible.

For basketball fans this is definitely an exciting revelation.

A Look Into The Sweet 16

  • All #1 seeds still remain (Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina, Virginia)
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference has 6 representatives in the field of 16 (#1 North Carolina, #1 Virginia, #4 Duke, #5 Maryland, #6 Notre Dame, #10 Syracuse)
  • There is a possibility for an all ACC Final 4
  • Wisconsin could make their 3rd straight Elite 8 with a victory over Notre Dame
  • The lowest seed left in the tournament is #11 Gonzaga

There’s a number of incredible storylines that could develop through the remainder of the tournament. Wisconsin could use their grinding style to carry them forward through the tournament and Gonzaga could play themselves to their first ever Final Four appearance, where they could face a talented aforementioned Wisconsin Badgers squad. Head Coach Mark Few has led his Gonzaga teams to 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances; every season he’s led the Bulldog team.

Traditional powerhouses North Carolina (5), Duke (5), and Kansas (3) look to add another NCAA Championship to their trophy case. While Oregon looks to win their first Championship since 1939. A lot could still unfold during March Madness and don’t be surprised if several more thrilling upsets are in store.

 

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