It is also the first time since that same year that a region will not feature any of the top four seeds. Buffalo also gave Kentucky a good game before it stopped playing defense with about eight minutes left. Gonzaga is a HEAVY 70% favorite over Florida State on Thursday, while the AccuScore computer likes MI to put down Texas A&M.
This tournament has already been one to remember but with seven potential upsets on the line in the second weekend, it has the potential to have the most total upsets ever in the NCAA Tournament.
A No. 16 seed knocked off a No. 1 for the first time in 136 tries. At the end of the first period, Lee secured a takedown on Suriano for the first points given up over the weekend. The Virginia Cavaliers were susceptible to the 3-point shot, the Xavier Musketeers relied heavily on their guards, the North Carolina Tar Heels struggled with a strong frontcourt, the Arizona Wildcats could not hang up with a pave offense, and the Michigan State Spartans could not manage a win in an ugly game.
The identical twins said they haven't pulled many tricks on their teammates or coaches, but laugh that some of them still can't tell them apart.
Teams like Loyola-Chicago and Nevada (playing each other in the third round), teams like Syracuse and Texas A&M and Kansas State.
Gonzaga hasn't looked as strong as year's past and will get a challenge from Florida State. This year, there's been 11 and it's on pace to be even more, with each game outside of No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 2 Purdue having upset possibility in the Sweet 16. Two No. 1s failed to get through to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2004 and the fourth time overall.
They'll likely need more than one of them Friday night.
"[I was] like 'Are you kidding?'" Richardson said.
While many teams struggled to get by, Villanova and Duke played very well. As much as we might love to root for this Midwest dark horse and their team chaplain, Sister Jean, a loss for Tennessee is a loss for the tournament, as it spells the last sighting of their candy-striped warm up trousers. "So we were really well prepared and ready for it I think".
Not so good picks - Syracuse/Clemson/Auburn lose in first round, New Mexico State advances to Sweet 16. They're a connected team. What about Gonzaga? They are definitely in a mid-major league, and yet, prove that they can compete at this level every single March. "They're going to embrace it". One thing the Wolf Pack will hope to avoid is a halftime deficit. "Maybe they'd win 10 games". But what I will remember for a long time is exactly where I was on the night of March 29, 2013.
That game will never happen. If big man Moritz Wagner leaves for the draft, he's a definite first-round lock in the draft.
"It's huge for Omaha to have four teams coming in who have a chance of going to the Final Four", Sarver said. No. 11 seed Syracuse This spread might not be as prohibitive as some are declaring it. All those extra possessions could mean big things for Nevada come Thursday. "It's really big", MI coach John Beilein said.
"As a member of The Campus editorial team, I felt obligated to participate", Renton said dutifully. My first one was in North Carolina, so it was really nice to get back down south to warmer weather.
Just wear 'em down, baby. I went to go do dishes with Cincinnati up 22 points. It's very hard to hold good teams under 60 points a game in a one and done setting, and they have too many stretches where they simply can't score the basketball. They were a 20-point underdog entering the game.
With three games left to go before the final two teams standing face off in San Antonio, college basketball fans will be in for a treat these next two weeks. The Houston Texans picked up several free agents that should make them a better team in 2018. He's expected to return. This matchup is actually AccuScore's free forecast, and Nevada is 65% to win this game, which is significantly over the 55% Las Vegas now has the Wolf Pack. "I don't think there was any point in the game that we thought we couldn't play with them", said the Retrievers' Jairus Lyles, who scored a game-high 28 points. "I don't even know who else is here".