An Update on the Madness

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Mar 12, 2018; Dayton, OH, USA; March Madness logo scene on ball during practice before the First Four of the NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock -USA TODAY Sports

Toby Meyer, Reporter

March Madness is in full swing and it sure has been an interesting tournament thus far. Through the first two rounds, there have been nearly 20 upsets. After the first night of the tournament there were only a handful of perfect brackets remaining.

There were some interesting results Friday and Saturday as the madness kicked off in Indianapolis. (3) Arkansas shut down the Colgate hype beating the (14) Raiders by 17. Many bracket junkies picked (10) Virginia Tech over (7) Florida, but the Gators came out on top 75-70. (9) Georgia Tech fell to (8) Loyal Chicago 71-60 without ACC Player of the Year Moses Wright. (15) Oral Roberts headlined Friday’s action knocking off (2) Ohio State as the Buckeye’s and many Big Ten squads struggled such as (4) Purdue falling to (13) North Texas in overtime. (12) Oregon State climbed past (5) Tennessee 70-56 and (11) Syracuse routed (4) San Diego State 78-62.

As the round of 32 got underway, (1) Illinois, a popular national champion pick, fell to (8) Loyola Chicago 71-58. (12) Oregon State beat (4) Oklahoma State 80-70. The Oral Roberts magic continued with an 81-78 victory over (7) Florida. The number one overall undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs remained on cruise control as they ran (8) Oklahoma 87-71. (11) UCLA beat (14) Abilene Christian 67-47 in an unusual second round matchup. Syracuse continued their tournament run topping (3) West Virginia 75-72. (1) Baylor looks strong through the first two rounds as they have beaten (9) Wisconsin and (16) Hartford.

The field for the Sweet 16 has been set and will be played March 27 and 28. Here’s every Sweet 16 matchup, date, television information and start time:

 

(1) Baylor vs (5) Villanova | Saturday 3/27 | 5:15pm | CBS

(3) Arkansas vs (15) Oral Roberts | Saturday 3/27 | 7:25pm | TBS

(8) Loyola Chicago vs (12) Oregon St. | Saturday 3/27 | 2:40pm | CBS

(2) Houston vs (11) Syracuse | Saturday 3/27 | 9:55pm | TBS

(1) Gonzaga vs (5) Creighton | Sunday 3/28 | 2:10pm | CBS

(6) USC vs (7) Oregon | Sunday 3/28 | 9:45pm | TBS

(1) Michigan vs (4) Florida St. | Sunday 3/28 | 5:00pm | CBS

(2) Alabama vs (11) UCLA | Sunday 3/28 | 7:15pm | TBS

 

The Elite 8 will be played March 29 and 30 as the eight teams still standing jockey to punch their ticket to the Final Four which will be played April 3 in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The National Championship game will be April 5 as the NCAA will crown the 2021 champion and celebrate the completion of a season like never before.