Day one of play in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament “Sweet 16″ saw the top-seeded teams advancing to the next round.
In the Midwest region, 1-seed Kentucky obliterated 5-seed West Virginia with a 78 – 39 win to advance to the Elite 8. It was clear from the start WVU just didn’t have the strength, speed, or play-making to give Kentucky any trouble.
Three-seed Notre Dame took down 7-seed Wichita State, 81 – 70. The loss ended Wichita’s incredible run, leaving fans across the Blue Nation teary-eyed, but already hopeful for next year’s tournament.
In the West, 1-seed Wisconsin scored a win against 4-seed University of North Carolina, with a final score of 79 – 72. UNC fans believe until the end their team would come through in what could have turned out to be an impressive upset. Two-seed Arizona bested 6-seed Xavier 68 – 60 to earn their spot in the next round.
Today, Sweet 16 play will continue with teams in the East and South regions squaring off. Eight-seed NC State will face 4-seed Louisville in the East in their attempt to continue their run. Three-seed Oklahoma will take on 7-seed Michigan State to try to earn a spot in the next round.
In the South, 1-seed Duke plays 5-seed Utah, and 11-seed UCLA will attempt to make history against 2-seed Gonzaga.
While most people who filled out a bracket have seen their hopes for glory dashed, interest in the tournament is far from busted. On the contrary, the number of viewers will only increase as the competition builds toward championship.
Indeed, Elite 8 action isn’t far off. Kentucky will meet Notre Dame in the next round on March 28 in the Midwest. Wisconsin will battle Arizona in the West. Teams who win today will meet on March 29.
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