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Ranking the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen
April 30 2017, 06:41 | Van Peters
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Surely, based on the picture above, you know where we're going with this. So the Boilermakers have that minor precedent going for them, I guess. They pulled off their second-straight close margin victory, and they left me with one question in mind: Can they repeat what UConn did in 2011 and win their conference tournament on the way to a shocking national title? I know people will see this ranking as low, but the Wolverines were almost bounced twice already. Sure, West Virginia and Xavier are playing well, but Gonzaga and Arizona both won their conference tournaments and made it to the same point as those two teams. You can now question if the committee got the Musketeers' seeding right after what they did to third-seeded Florida State. "I think they're better now in March than they were when we played them in December and I think we're better than what we were in December as well". Duke's Luke Kennard and Villanova's Josh Hart opened as the favorites before their teams' untimely demises. "I'm watching something happen that never happened".
Frank Martin, South Carolina.
"They didn't do me well".
The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16.
No. 7 seed South Carolina's 88-81 upset changed all that.
Still, top seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and UNC headline a regional round featuring 12 of the top 16 seeds, two more than last season.
"Since Duke is out, I've got to go with Oregon", Block said.
Only two ACC players have won the Naismith Player of the Year trophy since 2002, and none since Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough last collected the award in 2008-there are no ACC players among the four finalists this season. "The thing is with all those algorithms, they can't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire".
Furthermore, Purdue went a respectable 6-5 this season versus teams made the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky and UCLA are both loaded with National Basketball Association talent, and it should be exciting.
Only North Carolina starts one guard, but junior Joel Berry II does have plenty of experience with 104 career games for the Tar Heels heading into Friday night's matchup against Butler. "I wished I had listened to my brain, but I didn't".
The Mountaineers start two experienced, battle-tested players in Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, Jr. - both getting significant minutes in West Virginia's last trip to the Sweet 16 in 2015.
There is, however, something for everybody, from the remaining No. 1 seeds Gonzaga, North Carolina and Kansas, to the unexpected runs of lower seeds Xavier, South Carolina, Wisconsin and MI. According to seed numbers, 11 of those 16 teams belong there (meaning they are a 1-4 seed) so the madness hasn't been too insane this season. MI is averaging 1.148 points per possession this season, with UCLA and Gonzaga the only remaining teams with better marks than that.
"USC has been outstanding this season and by knocking off Duke they really impressed me", Stevens said.
Who will continue their run into the Elite Eight and eventually the Final Four?
Wednesday is travel day for both the Gamecock men's and women's basketball teams as they go all across the US for the next stage of their NCAA Tournament journeys.
The Sweet 16 will provide National Basketball Association scouts and general managers with a unique opportunity to scout top talent in a head-to-head setting. Those who have busted brackets can go in and re-pick, up to 15 minutes before the start of Thursday's games - No. 3 OR vs.
No. 1 Kansas (-5) vs. No. 4 Purdue and No. 11 Xavier vs.
Now it's time to hit the re-set button to see which teams have the best chance to survive this weekend and head to the Final Four. Miller will face Chris Mack and Xavier, his former school, in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.