This March is officially the craziest in recent memory.
Monday featured two upsets in the high-seeded second round, as Oregon defeated Iowa and USC blew the gates of Kansas. After Sunday’s surprises, we’re left with what is officially the most Cinderella-laden Sweet 16 in NCAA tournament history.
The remaining field looks like this: three No. 1 seeds, two No. 2 seeds, one No. 3 seed, one No. 4 seed, two No. 5 seeds, one No. 6, one No. 7, one No. 8, two seeded No. 11, one No. 12, and one No. 15. Even though Oral Roberts is the only remaining double-digit seed that is not from a power conference, there is still a robust collection of funny losers to aspire to.
According to ESPN’s John Gasaway, this year’s Sweet 16 features the lowest average seed of any year since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. It surpasses the 1986 tournament, in which No. 14 seed Cleveland State and No. 12 seed DePaul made Sweet 16. (Both teams lost in Sweet 16, but No. 11 seed LSU made it to Elite Eight.)
This year’s Sweet 16 is noteworthy for another reason: It is the first time in the history of the 64-team tournament that Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina they all missed the sweet 16.
It’s a funny coincidence that, as Gasaway points out, this offbeat tournament immediately follows the one that featured the top 16 sweets. In 2019, all of the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advanced beyond the first weekend. The so-called “Cinderellas” in the regional semifinals were the No. 5 seed Auburn and the No. 12 seed Oregon.
No one could have predicted that this exact collection of teams would be the ones left standing, but the difficult circumstances this season made it look like we were destined for a tournament full of surprises. It wouldn’t be a surprise if one or two double-digit seeds made it to the Final Four.
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… and the boys are cooking hot dogs in the lava
A walrus formerly seen in ireland
A good song
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