Апреля 24 2018

March Madness 2018: Updated Bracket, Championship Odds Ahead of Sweet 16

Апреля 24 2018, 06:57 | Van Peters

East Alabama breaks new ground with first-round win

East Alabama breaks new ground with first-round win

In the South Region, it's literally anyone's game at this point as No. 1 seed Virginia crashed out of the tournament in the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history as No. 16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County defeated the Cavaliers, 74-54.

But isn't this what makes March Madness so great?

After this weekend's unforgettable opening weekend of action, the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament tips off this Thursday with a national championship up for the taking.

From the minute they clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the dream is always there.

More than half of the teams seeded No.4 or better didn't survive the first weekend.

Jim Larranaga's George Mason team caught fire in the Washington D.C. regional as they knocked off sixth-seeded Michigan State and third-seeded, defending champion North Carolina to advance to the Sweet 16.

Just in the past six years the country has seen Duke fall to Mercer, MTSU shock Michigan State and Florida Gulf Coast captivate the country back in 2013 with its "Dunk City" method. Michigan State looked like a completely different team, they could not score and felt like they had never seen a 2-3 zone before.

Ninth seed Florida State rounded out the list of upsets of the second day of hoops with a 75-70 win over No. 1 seed Xavier. So the games in Atlanta will now be headlined by 5-seed Kentucky (26-10).

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Now, while the likelihood of this year's Cinderella team, Loyola-Chicago, winning it all still would be more rare than perhaps winning the lottery, Sister Jean's impact has helped her team ramble on to the Sweet 16.

No. 4 Gonzaga vs. Loyola won two nailbiters in defeating No. 6 Miami by two and No. 3 Tennessee by one.

No. 2 Duke vs.

No.1 Kansas isn't favored to win the Midwest.

One storyline to watch: The status of 7-foot-2 Purdue center Isaac Haas, who broke his elbow in the first-round win against Cal State Fullerton.

Reason for this being the highest probable upset is because there aren't many teams left in the tournament that a loss would be defined as an "upset".

With Kansas being one of the more vulnerable top seeds left in the tournament, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils could find themselves knocking on the door of yet another Final Four appearance if they can get past No. 11 Syracuse and beat the victor of No. 1 Kansas vs.

VCU had to win five games instead of the usual four to earn their spot in the National Semifinals since they were in the group of four teams forced to play their way into the regular bracket in Dayton.

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