Sweet 16 Bracket
The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books. Now, it’s time to look ahead to the Sweet 16 to see which teams are left. It has certainly been madness once again this year as three double-digit seeds are left standing in No. 12 Oregon, No. 13 La Salle and No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast. Need a Sweet 16 bracket to download or print? Pick one up here.
In the Midwest Region, Louisville, Oregon, Michigan State and Duke are through. No. 1 Louisville has posted victories over North Carolina A&T & Colorado State by 31 and 26 points, respectively. It will take on No. 12 Oregon, which thumped Oklahoma State 68-55 before dismantling Saint Louis 74-57. No. 2 Duke got by both Albany and Creighton by double-digits. It will take on No. 3 Michigan State, which also posted double-digit victories over both Valparaiso (65-54) and Memphis (70-48).
The West region has been the craziest of them all. Wichita State, La Salle, Arizona and Ohio State are all moving on. If not for a last-second 3-pointer by Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes may have lost to Iowa State in the Round of 32, which really would have made this region interesting. Instead, No. 2 Ohio State will battle No. 6 Arizona, which beat Belmont (81-64) and Harvard (74-51) handily to reach the Sweet 16. No. 9 Wichita State has posted two straight upset victories over Pittsburgh (73-55) and Gonzaga (76-70). The Shockers will take on No. 13 La Salle, which has pulled off three straight upsets over Boise State, Kansas State and Ole Miss to get here.
The South Region hasn’t seen many surprises, but it does feature the biggest of them all. That is No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, which has beaten both Georgetown (78-68) and San Diego State (81-71) handily to reach the Sweet 16. It will do battle with No. 3 Florida, which has beaten Northwestern State (79-47) and Minnesota (78-64) thus far. No. 1 Kansas rallied late to beat both Western Kentucky (64-57) and North Carolina (70-58) to get here. The Jayhawks will battle No. 4 Michigan, which has posted two blowout victories over South Dakota State (71-56) and VCU (78-53).
Last but not least, the East Region has been the quietest of them all. That’s because there have been few upsets, and the top four seeds in Indiana, Miami, Marquette and Syracuse have all gotten through. However, it has not been easy for these four teams. No. 1 Indiana survived Temple (58-52) last round in a game that it was trailing in late. The Hoosiers will take on No. 4 Syracuse, which topped California 66-60 in a hard-fought battle in the Round of 32. No. 2 Miami survived a scare from Illinois (63-59) last round. The Hurricanes will square off against No. 3 Marquette, which has escaped with wins over Davidson and Butler by a combined 3 points.