With No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Arizona all knocked out during the first weekend of play, it felt like the carpet was laid out for Big Blue to make it to the Final Four.
As soon as C.J. Walker made his first of two free throws, the one that effectively sealed Florida State’s win over Xavier here late Sunday night, Terance Mann and P.J. Savoy exchanged a knowing smile near midcourt. They knew it, same as everyone else packed into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena: The Seminoles are going to the Sweet 16.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 14 points, and Florida State beat No. 8 seed Missouri 67-54 on Friday night in the West Region.
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the sports world by pulling off the most shocking upset in college basketball history, hammering Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed in the men's NCAA Tournament.
Pushing the pace and hounding Arizona into submission, 13th-seeded Buffalo pulled off the NCAA Tournament's biggest upset of the opening round, rolling to an 89-68 victory over the fourth-seeded Wildcats in the South Region on Thursday night.
We're here for the greatest crapshoot in sports. A 68-team brawl that will produce one champion in San Antonio next month.
The bracket is officially out, and the next 90 hours or so will be spent going over matchups, Cinderellas, Final Four teams and national title predictions.
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