What A Crazy NCAA Tournament

The top four seeds in the South Region will not be in the Sweet 16, as they were all upset in the first or seconds rounds over the past weekend.

March Madness 2018 has lived up to all expectations, and in some peoples view, exceeded expectations.

There were a lot of upsets over the weekend in the NCAA Tournament, and for the first time ever, we saw a #16 seed take down a #1 seed. They made the first free throw then proceed to miss the second, in which gives MI time to run a play for Freshman Jordan Poole who launched a long three-point shot while kicking out his legs to get it over the defender, swishes the shot and sends MI to the Sweet Sixteen.

Before facing Virginia, however, the Cats were supposed to face fourth-seeded Arizona in the second round, but the Wildcats from the desert were also upset in the first round by 13th-seeded Buffalo, losing by 21 points.

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 who was ranked as the No. 3 seed, was defeated by No. 11 seed Syracuse, who was the final team to get an at-large bid for the tournament. They could be headed for a meeting with No.3 MI in the Elite Eight.

Things were set to go to form Sunday, only to see top-seeded Xavier and No. 2 North Carolina lose.

The other game features 7-seed Nevada (29-7), which tied the tournament's second-biggest comeback by rallying from 22 down to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati.

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No. 5 Kentucky vs.

No. 4 Gonzaga vs.

No. 2 Duke vs.

No. 1 Kansas is no guarantee either against No. 5 Clemson, who throttled Auburn by 31 points. The Wolf Pack faces No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (30-5), which advanced against No. 6 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Tennessee on final-seconds shots.

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. When four 1's, four 2's, four 3's, a pair of 4's, a 5 and a 12 made the Sweet 16.

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.

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.

  • Lawrence Cooper