2009/03/23

Down to the Sweet 16


March Madness is under way, and we just got through the first 4 straight days of 1st and 2nd round games. Let's take a look at who is left, and what we saw over the weekend.

In the East bracket, where games will be played in Boston, all chalk, as the 1, 2, 3, and 4 seeds advanced. Pitt as the #1 seed was in a battle for 37 minutes against East Tennessee State. To see details from that game, check out the live blog on it. Pitt also had a tough game against Oklahoma State in the 2nd round in a game that saw an unbelievable first half, the highest scoring 1st half of the tournament so far, with the score tied 49-49 at halftime. Pitt advances to play 4th seeded Xavier, which knocked off Portland State, and #12 seeded Wisconsin. In the other game, the 2 vs. 3 seeds will play with Duke against Villanova. This should be a great game. Duke had to battle to get here against Texas in the 2nd round, whereas Villanova blew out UCLA by 20, after struggling in the 1st round against American.

In the South, we again see the 1, 2, 3, and 4 seeds advancing. UNC, the #1 seed had to battle to beat LSU, in a game LSU was leading by 5 in the 2nd half. UNC will play 4th seeded Gonzaga, who just played one of the most memorable games of the tournament against Western Kentucky. Gonzaga won on a buzzer beating shot to advance. The 2 vs. 3 seeds in this region will play in another matchup which should be a good one with Syracuse playing Oklahoma. Both teams had double digit victories in the 2nd round.

In the Midwest, we see the only remaining double digit seed in #12 seed, and possibly the last team to make it into the tournament, Arizona. They will face the #1 seed Louisville. Louisville looked to have their game against Siena in control, but Siena took a 4 point lead with eight minutes remaining until Louisville took control and won. Another 2 vs. 3 matchup features Michigan State and defending champion Kansas. Michigan State had to battle to win a 2nd round game over USC, and Kansas has been tested, but has looked good in wins over North Dakota State, and Dayton.

In the West, we see almost all chalk, with 1, 2, 3, and 5 seeds remaining. UConn had blown out both opponents thus far, and will play 5th seeded Purdue in the Sweet 16, a team that had a great game against Washington in the 2nd round. The 4th 2 vs. 3 matchup is featured and will be Missouri against Memphis. Memphis struggled in their opening game, but destroyed Maryland in the 2nd round. Missouri won a wild game against Marquette to get to this point.

Not too many upsets to this point, there is only one team seeded above 5 left in the tournament. The Big East set a record with 5 teams in the Sweet 16, the most ever. This tournament has been good so far, and should get even better with some potential classic matchups remaining.

2 comments:

Sparticus said...

Let's just hope this is the year that Pitt can make it past the 16. This would be a huge proverbial "monkey" off of their back.

Jay Ballz said...

Let's go, Duke!!!