Sports Commentary by: Bennett Rowan
The Sweet Sixteen is set, and the first two rounds of this year’s NCAA Tournament did not disappoint.
The Round of 64 and Round of 32 showed us to never count out an underdog, as if previous tournaments had not already taught us that.
In the East Region, USC was the only underdog to pull the upset card. Every other favorite advanced to the second round in hopes of making it to the Sweet Sixteen.
In the Round of 32, Wisconsin and South Carolina pulled off two of the most shocking upsets of the tournament thus far.
Wisconsin knocked off top seeded Villanova in a back and forth game, and South Carolina got ahead of Duke in the second half and never looked back, knocking off the number two seed in the East Region.
In the Midwest Region, Creighton dropped a game to the eleventh seeded Rhode Island. In the next round, Michigan shocked many people as they beat Louisville, a two seed, to make it to the Sweet Sixteen as a seven seed.
In the West Region, Xavier was the only underdog to pull off an upset in the first round; however, they did not want to stop there. Xavier beat FSU, a three seed, in the second round to make it to the Sweet Sixteen.
Xavier is the highest seed still in the tournament, and they look to continue their magic.
In the South Region, both Wichita State and Middle Tennessee State pulled an upset over Dayton and Minnesota, respectively. Both of these teams would lose in the next round, which means that the top four seeds from this region are in the Sweet Sixteen.
Looking forward to the Sweet Sixteen matchups, Kansas and Purdue headline this round. Purdue has been extremely hot as of late, and Caleb Swanigan, star player, is just getting started. Kansas, led by Frank Mason, looks to continue their hot streak as they have looked impressive all tournament.
Another huge matchup to look out for is the UCLA and Kentucky game. This game will feature three potential top ten NBA Draft picks. Both teams are hot at the moment and hope to knock the other big dog off and advance to the Elite 8.
Three of the number one seeded teams are still in play and are still favorites to take home the trophy.
Underdogs that teams should look out for are Purdue and Michigan.
Like I said before, Purdue is hot, and they are not looking to cool down anytime soon.
On the other hand, Michigan won the BIG10 Tournament and carried that momentum into the big dance. Everyone on the team is contributing, and they hope to win another upset as they matchup against the Ducks of Oregon.
The first two rounds of this year’s March Madness has been exciting to say the least. It is only going to get better from here on out.