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NCAA Men's Sweet Sixteen Recap

Basketball

The GIST: After a record number of upsets in the first two rounds, the men’s Sweet Sixteen went mostly as expected, with all of the remaining No. 1 seeds advancing to tonight and tomorrow’s Elite Eight action. That said, the tourney’s Cinderella team found their fairy godmother, and turned the tables on the beloved Sister Jean.

March 29, 2021
Source: Oregon State MBB/Twitter
Source: Oregon State MBB/Twitter

Tonight’s games: No. 12 Oregon State continued their underdog run, defeating No. 8 Loyola Chicago on Saturday to advance to their first Elite Eight since 1982. The Cinderella story Beavers will need all the magic they can get when they take on No. 2 Houston and their stifling defense tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET.

  • Tonight’s late game features two former conference foes: No. 1 Baylor taking on No. 3 Arkansas. Baylor cruised to a big win over No. 5 Villanova on Saturday, while No. 3 Arkansas narrowly squeaked by No. 15 Oral Roberts.

Tomorrow’s games: No. 1 Gonzaga extended their undefeated campaign with ease, handily defeating No. 5 Creighton 83–65 yesterday. Gonzaga will face No. 6 USC, fresh off a hard fought victory over No. 7 Oregon. We do love an underdog, but our money’s on the ’Zags in this one. How can you bet against this guy?

  • Meanwhile, No. 1 Michigan secured another W for the top seeds, dominating a physical 76–58 battle with No. 4 Florida State yesterday. Michigan will face surging No. 11 UCLA, who pulled off another upset by defeating No. 2 Alabama 88–78 in overtime yesterday. 

The UCLA Bruins are just the second team to advance to the Elite Eight after competing in the “First Four” play-in round. More like Bru-Win, right?