March Madness Results

Elite 8

The Elite 8 is now history for 2016, as only four teams remain in the battle to be named March Madness champion.

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The quarter-final round began on Saturday, March 26, when Buddy Hield led #2 Oklahoma to a 80-68 win over top ranked Oregon.

Later that day another #2 seed, Villanova had a strong start and held on to beat the top ranked and heavily favorited Jay Hawks. # 1 Kansas exits the tournament two rounds earlier than they would’ve liked to.

The round concluded on Sunday night with an expected result, as #1 North Carolina got their dabb on and defeated #6 Notre-Dame by a fair 88-74 margin. The game was close in the first half, but the Tar Heels grinded it out for the entire 40 minutes and held off any hopes of an ND comeback.

Sunday started with a pretty big upset when the highest remaining seed #10 Syracuse topped  #1 Virginia 68-62.

Four #1 seeds entered the Elite 8. Just one advanced. After a little number crunching we can see that North Carolina (the sole #1 remaining), has a $41% chance to win the championship.

They are the heavy favorite over Syracuse heading into the Final 4, with a projected winning percentage of 80%, while the other two candidates (Villanova, Oklahoma) equally have a 50%-50% chance of advancing to the championship round.

All teams are off until April 2, when the Final 4 tip-off.

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Elite 8

#10 Syracuse vs #1 Virginia

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The widest spread among remaining seeds, we saw #10 Syracuse upset #1 Virginia by a score of 68-62.

Syrcause used a 29-8 run to rally from a 16-point deficit and stun Virginia in the regional final. Syracuse is now the first #10 seed to ever reach the Final Four, and the first double-digit seed since VCU accomplished the feat in 2011.

Don’t be confused though, the Orange are no stranger to the Final Four. They were there in 2013, and 2016 will mark the sixth time they reach the Final Four.

Guard Malachi Richardson hit three 3-pointers and shot 8-of-9 from the line to lead all scorers in this game with 23 points. He also tallied seven rebounds and a couple of steals. Perhaps the most impressive stat line though, is that 14 of Richardson’s points came in the game’s final nine minutes of the game. Very impressive for a freshman. Talk about clutch.

London Perrantes made a valiant effort as he went 6-for-10 for three, and led Virginia with 18 points in what ended up being their last game of the tournament.

#10 Syracuse has a tough task ahead, as the lone remaining #1 seed North Carolina await them in the Final Four.

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March Madness Elite 8 Fantasy Preview

Notre Dame vs North Carolina

Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center will be the host of the East Region’s Finals when the top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels and their ACC rival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. FanPicks is proud to bring you this March Madness Elite 8 Fantasy preview. Come enjoy daily NCAA Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks and enter our March Madness contests with millions of dollars to win even with your busted brackets.

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North Carolina Tar Heels are currently peaking at the moment and their ACC rival Notre Dame are the only ones standing in front of them and the Final Four. The Tar Heels are on a 8 game winning streak with the last 3 in the NCAA Tournament by a combined 50 points. In that run, they’ve also embarrassed the same 6th seed Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s semifinals 78-47.

They come in having shot 51.6% from field in their route of Indiana Friday 101-86. This Tar Heels team is so dangerous and has offensive weapons unlike their opponents. Brice Johnson has recorded 22 double-doubles and tied for the single-season team record. He needs 13 more rebounds to beat the record for the most in one single season of their program history. Marcus Paige, who’s struggled a bit with his shooting is a force that may help them unlock their 6th NCAA Tournament title after making 11 of his 21 shots from beyond the arc.

 

Notre Dame has won 6 games combined in consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the 1st time in its history and reached for the first time in its history and reached the Elite Eight for the second straight year after losing to Kentucky in 2015. Their star forward V.J Beachem has been a major factor in their NCAA Tournament success averaging a huge 17.3 pts in 3 games, 5 above his usual season average. Their leader, Demetrius Jackson leads the team in scoring and will be the focus of the Tar Heels’ defense. North Carolina will also have their hands full with forward Zach Auguste who has 22 double-doubles all year. The Irish have won their 3 NCAA Tournament matchups with by a combined 13 pts and will go after their first Final Four appearance since 1978.

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#2 Villanova vs #1 Kansas

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Villanova is off to the Final Four of March Madness for the first time since 2009.

Another #1 seed was knocked off the podium on Saturday when Kansas came up short against #2 ranked Villanova 64-59.

Turnovers were an issue all day for Kansas, as the Jay Hawks had 16 turnovers to Villanova’s nine. Villanova’s efficient style has guided them so far through March Madness 2016, and accomplished the feat yet again.

Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham led all scorers with 17 points, while Jay Hawk teammates Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III added 16 points each.

Star forward Perry Ellis only had 4 points in the losing cause.

Villanova got by with another great team effort as three players shared the lead with 13 points apiece (Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart, and Ryan Acridiacono). Daniel Ochefu had another strong game on the inside for ‘Nova shooting 5-for-8 from the field, hauling down 8 rebounds, a block and two assists (second on team, leader Jenkins 3). He has been a rock throughout all of March Madness.

The #2 Wildcats will play #2 Oklahoma in Houston, Texas for the right to compete in the championship game.

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