Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Sweet 16, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.

GAME OF THE DAY: Michigan State vs Oklahoma. It looked like Oklahoma had a hold of this one ... until the Spartans do what they do.  Survive and advance in March.

UPSET OF THE DAY: Michigan State vs Oklahoma. The only true upset in the Sweet 16.  There are some great teams out there, and despite the fact that Mich State is a No. 7 seed, they have the pedigree to be right there in the mix.

CONFERENCE OF THE DAY: ACC. I know I've been riding on the ACC in this spot (and that I'm an ACC guy), but today two teams from the conference won, making three teams in the Elite 8.  Duke and Louisville will be the favored seed in the next round.

CONFERENCE WITH A BAD DAY: Pac 12. Nothing shameful, but UCLA and Utah's seasons ended today.  UCLA took a controversial bid and made a Sweet 16 run while Utah rode their seed out and lost a close game to a talented Duke squad. 

DUD OF THE DAY: Gonzaga vs UCLA. UCLA struggled with their three-point shooting, which is what propelled them in this tournament.  Gonzaga led big and held on for the win.  Every other game had at least some drama.

DOMINANT PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Gonzaga. Like I just said, the Zags did what they needed to do to advance.  This could finally be the year that they get to the Final Four.

UNDERLYING STORYLINE OF THE DAY: The muscle moves on. Like yesterday, the big dogs keep winning.  Aside from the East Region, the No. 1 seeds are all still alive.  Two of them will face a No. 2 seed in the Elite 8; one will face a No. 3 seed.

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