REMINDER: The NCAA Tournament First Round tips off tomorrow, March 15th, and will continue throughout the weekend.
Later, No. 14 seed Buffalo downed No. 3 Arizona - a team picked to win the championship by 4.1 percent of all Bracket Challenge Game brackets - by 21 points.
The last 20 years of college basketball have been dominated by just three conferences - the ACC first and foremost, then the SEC, and most recently the Big East. This seems to be the best chance in years for the unprecedented 1 vs. 16 upset.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his record for NCAA Tournament victories to 92. Both conferences will feel these droughts have lasted far too long.
In Charlotte, South No. 16 seed UMBC drew top overall seed Virginia.
The only thing that might jettison Jacobson's customary cool is if the Michigan Wolverines, who surprised most hoops experts by winning the Big 10 Tournament, are in the hunt for March Madness glory.
Indeed. The 15th-seeded Bisons (23-9) play their first-ever NCAA game against reigning national champion North Carolina in the second-seeded Tar Heels' home state. The Panthers sunk nine 3-pointers in that game and left a towering KU frontcourt powerless.
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Although my personal favorite team - the University of California, Irvine Anteaters - didn't make it to the "Big Dance" once again, I took the time to fill out my own bracket. The Boilermakers and Michigan State Spartans are in the same boat, though there's an argument to be made that the rest and practice time could prove beneficial.
"Syracuse could go 0-27 and make the tournament somehow". We simply don't know, but it's going to hang over the event whether they like it or not. It's called March Madness, after all.
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The first real test for the Wildcats won't come until they meet Purdue University in the Elite Eight, but even then, I wouldn't be too anxious. "But they say it's one of those things it can get a lot better in a very short amount of time". They tested themselves against Kansas and Wichita State and won't be in awe of the spotlight.
While at least a couple of teams could advance to the Sweet 16, every SEC squad has some fatal flaws to overcome if they want to keep their season going.
Allerik Freeman had a season-high 36 points and Torin Dorn added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack, who lost for the third time in four games to end their season.
Notre Dame is another one this year.
Texas Tech will face either Florida or St. Bonaventure in Saturday's second round.