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"The 5-12 Curse"
The 5th vs. 12th seed curse has continued, as three out of the four 12 seeds went on to beat the favorites in the 1st round.
Normally the brackets would begin to bust with these upsets, but they're starting to become a regular occurrence. Oregon, Ole Miss, and California all managed to advance while Oregon is set to play top-seeded Louisville in the Sweet 16 and Ole Miss made a gallant effort behind the confidence of Marshall Henderson, but came up short to the number 13th seeded LaSalle Explorers, 76-74 in the 2nd round on Sunday. LaSalle, if you remember, was part of the "play in game" to even get into the Big Dance.
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Starting from the team that always has a spectacular regular season, but always manages to underachieve in the Big Dance, the #1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs were knocked off in the 2nd round by Witchita State, as the Shockers shocked the world.
Also in this bracket, #4 Kansas State and #5 Wisconsin are both out of the tournament. Many had picked the Badgers to make it to the Final Four with their stifling defense, but Jared Berggren and company were upset early. Those two team losing leaves a Wichita State- LaSalle Matchup in the Sweet 16; winner to face the winner of the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #10 Iowa State. Thanks to Aaron Craft's timely buzzer beater the Buckeyes are the only legitimate favorite left in that bracket as the #2 seed.
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Advance to the Sweet 16?
That's no typo folks. The 15th ranked Eagles shocked the world with a defeat of the number 2 Georgetown Hoyas and have even taken it a step further with another upset over #7 San Diego State. Florida Gulf Coast now faces the #3 Florida Gators in the Sweet 16. If the Eagles were somehow able to pull off another upset, the gymnasium roof could possibly cave in!
The Midwest and East regions were the two to stay true despite the bracket busting. 7 out of the 8 top seeds still remain active, headed by #1 Louisville in the Midwest and #1 Indiana in the East Region.
What to Expect?
Most people are banking their chances on Louisville winning it all, but this tournament is up for grabs. Ohio State couldn't ask for a better situation to make it to the Final Four, but there are still a lot of high seeded teams that are in this tournament. You have Coach Krzyzewski and a veteran Duke team, a Miami squad that won the regular season ACC Title but has never won anything before, the winner of a highly contested 1-4 matchup between Jeff Withey and Kansas and Trey Burke and the Michigan Wolverines, and do I dare say a 3-15 matchup between Billy Donovan's Florida Gators and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles for a chance to make it to the Elite 8.
The more upsets the more the tournament becomes exciting, and you won't see any more upsets than this. Stay tuned as the pandemonium continues!!!
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