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NCAA Tournament 2017: 16 Things to Know Heading into the Sweet 16

21 March, 2017, 11:21 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Frank Mason III added 20 points for the top-seeded Jayhawks (30-4), who have advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament in nine of coach Bill Self's 14 seasons. The Cowboys and Wolverines put on an offensive showcase, but it was the hot shooting of MI in the second half that allowed John Beilein's group to advance.

The top two seeds are alive in the West and South, while the Midwest lost second-seeded Louisville.

The Badgers led the Wildcats by four heading into halftime, but it was a tenuous lead at best against the top team in the nation. This coming against a No. 8 seed in a game where they were a 15.5 point favorite. No.1 Gonzaga and No.2 Arizona are tied as the third favorites in the field. "So that South Region and bracket is going to be a lot of fun". They'll face the No. 2 seeded Arizona Wildcats in the Sweet 16.

MIDWEST REGIONAL (1) Kansas vs. (4) Purdue and (3) OR vs. (7) Michigan The four seeds are the only seed to have all teams make the Sweet 16, and I don't even remember the last time that has happened since they are always with 5, 12 and 13 seeds and usually one of them makes it.

If seeds hold, that would set up a rematch of a December game won by the Bulldogs 69-62.

Three quarters of the tournament has been eliminated from postseason play already, and now we are down to just the Sweet 16. Villanova along with Gonzaga are two teams that have been doubted all season long as both schools that were No. 1 in the rankings at some point during the regular season. I can talk about the teams that didn't make it that are tough. Louisville was also a two, Florida State a three, Notre Dame and UVA fives. Now it has three teams in regional semifinals, matching last year's total.

And when Xavier upset Florida State late Saturday, there were no flawless brackets left at all.

That brings us to the Big Ten.

Florida State probably peaked too soon, winning five of six against ranked ACC opponents in one early-season stretch, before limping home to a 7-6 finish in conference play (including the ACC Tournament). His veteran leadership and ability to make those around him better are vital components to his game, but he needs to be sharper with his shot, especially after getting his 3-point percentage up to 40.1 percent this year.

Well, sports giant ESPN is literally offering another way win a bracket with its Tournament Challenge Second Chance. "Whether it's the 3-ball or not, it's finding multiple different ways to win and taking what the game gives us". But the league is down to just one team in the tournament, North Carolina - and the Tar Heels barely survived Sunday after blowing a big lead against Arkansas before rallying to win as the No. 1 seed in the South Region.

Eighth-seeded Wisconsin took out No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova in a second-round game Saturday, and No. 7 MI ousted No. 2 Louisville on Sunday.

Butler has never been upset by a lower seed in the NCAA tournament, but it hasn't been pulling off any upsets of its own lately, either-unless you count beating No. 8 Texas Tech as a No. 9 seed last March. Forward Devin Robinson scored 38 in the two tournament games, and he will need to stay hot against Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 as the Gators otherwise rely on their smothering defense.

"The thing is with all those algorithms, they can't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire", Hayes said.

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