After a phenomenal weekend of college basketball, we are down to the sweet 16. Three No.1 seeds are left in the tournament, while Wichita State took a loss to Kentucky. Last season, Wichita State made the run to the final four after beating a No. 1 seed in the third round.
In the South, two double digit seeds advanced into the round of 16. They also have two PAC-12 teams vying for the Elite 8 in the region. Florida has used the first two games to continue their dominance.
1. Florida vs. 4 UCLA
11. Dayton vs. 10 Stanford
Arizona leads the way in the East as the No.1 seed. The only team that shook up the west bracket was Baylor. The Bears may have had the most impressive win of the weekend.
1.Arizona vs. 4. San Diego State
6. Baylor vs. 2. Wisconsin
The Midwest is about to have a great weekend of hoops. Kentucky and Louisville highlight the sweet 16 round, but don’t forget about Tennessee and Michigan in what should be a wild game.
8. Kentucky vs. 4. Louisville
11. Tennessee vs. 2. Michigan
The east also has some intriguing games in the sweet 16 round. There shouldn’t be anything better than Virginia and Michigan State. While the Spartans could be the favorite come tip-off, the game might come down to a last second shot.
1. Virginia vs.4. Michigan State
3. Iowa State vs.7. Connecticut
There are thee PAC-12 teams in the round of 16. The SEC also has three teams remaining and they are (7-0) in the tournament. The Big 10 had their three best teams advance to the second weekend.
The Big 12 has two teams remaining along with the AAC. The Atlantic 10, ACC, and Mountain West each has one team left in the field.
Let’s take a look at the Sweet 16 rankings.
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1. Florida Gators- South
The Florida Gators are the No. 1 team in the south region and they have run through their first two opponents. They stymied Pittsburgh in the second half and will look to do the same in the sweet 16. Next game vs. UCLA.
2. Arizona Wildcats- West
Arizona got their offense rolling on Sunday night. They put up 84 points on Gonzaga in the blowout victory. The Wildcats had a sluggish first game, but the combination of Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon can be lethal. They beat the Aztecs by nine in November. Next game vs. San Diego State
3. Kentucky Wildcats- Midwest
The Kentucky Wildcats played one of the best games of the season with Wichita State. After a very impressive victory, Kentucky will take on an instate rival. It should be another fierce battle. Next game vs. Louisville.
4. Louisville Cardinals- Midwest
Louisville struggled with Manhattan in a great game. Then they followed up with a 15 point victory over St. Louis. The Cardinals turn up the heat in the most critical moments. Here’s their biggest game of the season coming up. Next game vs. Kentucky.
5. Virginia Cavaliers- East
After falling behind to Coastal Carolina in the first game, Virginia has been as dominant as any team in the tournament. As the No.1 seed they’ll likely be an underdog in the sweet 16. Next game vs. Michigan State.
6. Michigan Wolverines- Midwest
Michigan has been playing like a No.1 seed so far in the tournament. They’ve won both games by double figures and their balance has been phenomenal. Let’s see their toughness this week. Next game vs. Tennessee
7. Michigan State Spartans- East
The Spartans ran through Delaware then started fast against Harvard. After the Crimson made a run, Michigan State made all of the big plays needed to advance. They could be involved in the best Sweet 16 match up. Next game vs. Virginia.
8. Baylor Bears- West
Baylor downright dominated their two opponents over the weekend. Their 2-3 zone held Doug McDermott to 15 points in his final game. They also won that game by 30 points. Can Baylor continue their torrid shooting? Next game vs. Wisconsin.
9. Wisconsin Badgers- West
Yes they are the No.2 seed, but Wisconsin has been inconsistent in both wins. After sub par first halves, the Badgers have been unbeatable in the second. Their defense turns it up several notches. Next game vs. Baylor.
10. Tennessee Volunteers- South
Every year we get a team from the first four making a run. This year that team is Tennessee. Although they should have lost to Iowa, their resiliency is the reason they are still playing. Toughness and heart must continue for the Vols to advance. Next game vs. Michigan.
11. UCONN Huskies- East
Connecticut is another team that looked like they were going home in the round of 64. Somehow, they made enough plays to send St. Joes to overtime. Then they won going away. The Huskies also ran past Villanova. Now they get an injured yet spirited team up next. Next game vs. Iowa State.
12. UCLA Bruins- South
The Bruins beat two double digits seeds fairly easily. They are averaging 76.5 points per game in the tournament. Let’s see what they can do in the round of 16. Next game vs. Florida.
13. Dayton Flyers- South
Dayton knocked off Ohio State and Syracuse in back to back games. They’ve been living nicely on the edge, and have a real shot to win in the Sweet 16. Next game vs. Stanford.
14. Stanford Cardinal- South
The Cardinal are the other double digit seed in the south to move into the Sweet 16. They outplayed Kansas in a tough game and held Andrew Wiggins to four points. Next game vs. Dayton.
15. San Diego State Aztecs- West
San Diego State has played great basketball in the tournament. They slipped up in the first game to cause overtime but they pulled out the victory. Then their defense and offensive explosion by Xavier Thames crushed North Dakota State. Next game vs. Arizona.
16. Iowa State Cyclones- East
How can a team this good be ranked No. 16? They are missing one of the most dynamic scorers in Georges Niang. However, they proved they can score at a fast pace. The Cyclones will be undersized for as long as they are alive. Next game vs. UCONN.