But romance doesn't stand up to March Madness without superior talent. 2 seed, was upset by No. 7 MI after sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey hit the game-tying and game-winning three-point shots.
March Madness is in full swing and things are getting super exciting.
Just know that when next Monday rolls around, and the odds improved in everybody's favor, there's a very good chance - nearly 100 percent, actually - that your bracket will blow up again, leaving you to wallow in the same regret you experienced over the weekend. "I know that we have the heart of a champion". So, here's a quick run-down guide about what's happening next. No matter. The veteran-laden lineup featuring Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, two players who played big roles on those back-to-back Final Four teams, took down the defending champs in the second round.
Cincinnati (30-6) had no real answer when the Bruins got rolling falling short of their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2012.
The tournament is starting to wind down as teams are now battling to get into the Sweet Sixteen. He was only 5 of 14 from the field, but he hit 50 percent of his 3-point attempts, and he added in eight rebounds and five steals.
Sanderson and the Crimson Tide eventually got their fannies beat in the Sweet 16, his personal Waterloo, but it sure beat going one-and-done in the NIT. MI opened pick 'em against OR but is now -1.5 across the board.
Xavier was awarded a No. 11 seed after coming together and reaching, and losing, the conference championship game. When the second round games began Saturday, there were only 164 ideal brackets remaining - that's 0.000008 percent of all brackets. The ACC's embarrassing opening weekend ended with only top-seeded North Carolina alive and its eight other entrants knocked out, none in more stunning fashion than venerable Duke, the conference champion. The final score was 72-65. That's why they play the games. Sunday's ratings for the games were reportedly up 34 percent from previous year according to a release from CBS Sports. Virginia went 2-8 in those games, yet managed to earn the fifth seed in the East thanks to the top defense in the ACC.More news: 'Family Link' Is Google's Twist on Parental Controls
Then other media factions followed with a herd mentality, as they so often do in the social media era (see Heisman Trophy voting). Gonzaga will be playing against #4 W. Virginia, on 3/23, at 7:39, on TBS.
The lack of upsets so far hopefully means that these close, competitive games will continue through next weekend, as well. Villanova! What happened? Yes, you heard that right. After No. 1 seed Villanova lost to No. 8 seed Wisconsin on Saturday, 62-65, and Duke lost to SC 81-88 Sunday night, many fans have brackets with red marks. The Wildcats had all the steam in the world leading up to the second round, but appeared to lose it.
Prediction: Another clutch shot by Koenig helps Wisconsin win another thriller, 67-65. This year Boston College and Georgia Tech were picked at the bottom, and they're certainly not bottom teams. The game will air on TBS.
MI 73, LOUISVILLE 69: Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send MI past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 and into the Sweet 16. Just ask ESPN vice president of Fantasy Sports and Philadelphia native George Leimer, who told me late Friday he had about 40 brackets in play and mostly all of them had his hometown team, Villanova, winning it all. Their game will be on 3/23, at 7:09 pm, on CBS. In 1990, they went through No. 2 seed Arizona.
Yes, South Carolina did the sporting world a favor and tripped up Grayson Allen and Duke late Sunday night, but while it's nice this is South Carolina's first Sweet 16 visit, are we really going to call an SEC school a Cinderella?
Terry Maston scored 19 points, King McClure added 17 and Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes for the Bears (27-7), who advanced to play SC in the Sweet 16.