2018 Sweet 16 Field Most Diversely Seeded Since 2000 — March Madness
Mar 20, 2018, 04:11
The NCAA Tournament, otherwise known as "March Madness" is one of the most fun and exciting times in all of sports.
But isn't this what makes March Madness so great? In fact, thanks to a strong opening weekend along with numerous upsets all across the bracket, the argument can be made that Villanova deserves serious consideration for being the heavy favorite heading into the Sweet 16, especially with the Virginia Cavaliers out of the picture.
What a insane NCAA Tournament it's been thus far. The 3-seeds weren't as lucky either, unless you're talking about MI or Texas Tech.
Houston had two free throws to shoot while up one point in the final seconds.
This year's 16 teams have an average seed of 5.3125, which is the lowest average seed since 2000, when it averaged out to the same number.
While a No. 1 seed won it all in 2000 (Michigan State), the Final Four was as unlikely as you'd expect - it featured a 5-seed (Florida), and two 8-seeds (North Carolina and Wisconsin) to go along with the No. 1 seed Spartans.
No. 3 MI vs. 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. No. 11 battle in an absolute thriller by a score of 63-62. In the West, Xavier lost to Florida State.
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.
No. 3 MI vs. So the games in Atlanta will now be headlined by 5-seed Kentucky (26-10).
No.1 Kansas isn't favored to win the Midwest.
No. 1 Villanova vs.
No. 2 Duke, the third favorite in some oddsmakers' books to win it all entering the field of 68, starts four freshmen.
The NCAA Tournament is all about unexpected results happening, and a week after the field was 68 was announced, United Kingdom finds itself in an unexpected situation.
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.
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. The Orange struggle on the offensive side of the ball, but if they can limit Duke's talent and scoring, they have a real chance to pull off yet another upset.
While the Final Four could look something like this - Kentucky versus Gonzaga and Villanova versus Duke - once again there are no guarantees. We will find out in the next two weekends.
As for the Seminoles , they will try to avenge last season's blowout loss to Xavier, which put a sour end to a historic season. Braian Angola's 3-pointer with a minute remaining polished off the run and gave Florida State a 42-20 cushion at the half.
In the postgame press conference, head coach Tony Bennett kept it straight forward when asked how he views his team's season. Last season, he garnered America East second-team recognition and was the Retrievers' co-Most Valuable Athlete.
Marquette has another must-win game with Depaul to start, then they will LIKELY have to beat Villanova to get into the Big Dance. The Cardinals also lost five-star freshman Brian Bowen, who was held out of practices and games before transferring to SC .
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