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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March Madness

Round 2 Review

#3 Utah vs #11 Gonzaga  #1 UNC vs #9 Providence

Another day, another full slate of games on the March Madness calendar over and done with.

While Saturday concluded with a perhaps closer than expected #1 North Carolina win over #9 Providence, it started with a pretty big upset when #11 Gonzaga defeated #3 Utah to become the first team this year to advance to the Sweet 16.

You have to give credit where credit is due but, Utah did not start the game the way they needed to, nor did they finish well. Allowing Gonzaga to drop 44 in opening half is one thing, but scoring only 29 and 30 points in each half respectively will not win you many games. Let alone March Madness games.

Having a tough time defending is understandable. There are many intelligent coaches who can design a play to find the open man to hit the game-winning shot. But when the ball is in your hand you have the same opportunity as the man across from you to make a play. If you can’t make that shot, that’s on you as a player. You have to be better.

Simply put, Utah’s effort was just not good enough.

#1 ranked North Carolina started slower than they would’ve liked to themselves, but eventually pulled away and beat Providence by a very comfortable 19 point margin.

Providence gave a valiant effort and had the game in reach at halftime trailing just 34-30. But UNC put their grit and focus on display as they grinded it out from start to finish and just kept piling up the points.

Providence will hold their heads high as they exit March Madness 2016, but the round of 32 is as far as they will go.

The talent level of the Tar Heels is impressive, and with more than a few top seeds already gone the championship game seems closer than ever.

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