Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

Veteran, battle-tested guards can pay big dividends in those pressure-packed situations that come up during NCAA Tournament play, and having older, more mature players with the ball in their hands at the end of games can oftentimes mean the difference between winning and losing. With 68 teams all playing for the same prize, there is bound to be some drama. Senior point guard Derrick Walton doing a fine Kemba Walker impersonation. North Carolina would need each of its wins up to and including the national championship game to count for two victories just to match the conference's over/under tournament win total of 15 games.

For Wisconsin however, this marks the fourth consecutive season of Sweet 16 appearances for the program. No. 7 MI play for the first time since the 2013 title game won by the Cardinals. Bam Adebayo, a graduate of High Point Christian, has a double-double in both tournament games. Going forward in the tournament, the Badgers will look to these two for their experience. Some teams at this stage are more likable than others and some will have fans rooting for them to fall.

After upsetting No. 6 Maryland, 76-65, in the first round of the tournament, Xavier routed the No. 3 Florida State University 91-66. Maybe he does hold onto his timeouts like a hound dog with a soup bone, but the man has won more than 800 games and has two national titles. Trier also had an impressive game against SMC, tallying 14 points, six rebounds and two assists.

-Second-seeded Louisville fell to seventh-seeded MI by four, and second-seeded Duke fell to seventh-seeded SC by seven. Coach Mike Krzyzewski explained what happened in his locker room after the game.

The Mountaineers can win it all with their Press Virginia defense, forcing opponents to turn the ball over on 27 percent of possessions. Baylor will have to stop Thornwell and limit high percentage looks to have any chance of toppling a hot SC offense.

On this tasty episode, Brad Evans and Stephen Bardo shake off the body blows their brackets suffered to dissect every single Sweet Sixteen matchup.

Kentucky coach John Calipari is animated on the sidelines, especially in the NCAA Tournament. Rematch game. Coach Cal headed back to Memphis. The NCAA supported his claim, confirming it was a goal-tend.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson celebrates a basket in the second half of a second-round game against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament on March 19, 2017. MI is averaging 1.148 points per possession this season, with UCLA and Gonzaga the only remaining teams with better marks than that.

And yet the preseason's No. 1 team-one loaded with talent and one of the all-time coaching greats-could not take out a SC team that finished third in the SEC and had the nation's 122nd-ranked adjusted offensive efficiency, per statistician Ken Pomeroy. For example, Kentucky had to turn up its defense late to beat under-seeded Wichita State, Northwestern rallied to give Gonzaga all it could handle, Rhode Island almost took down Oregon, Purdue and Iowa State treated the BMO Harris Bradley Center to a high-intensity affair, North Carolina - the only team from the vaunted ACC left standing - had trouble with Arkansas and the list goes on.

The Knicks project to have a Top 10 draft pick in the first round, as well as two selections in Round 2. He is averaging 20.2 points per game, but he has gone six straight games without reaching his average. But this is a team that struggled to put away Northern Kentucky then had to fight tooth and nail to dispose of Wichita State.



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