The magic driving MI on an unbelievable run through the Big Ten tournament and to the Sweet Sixteen finally ran out on a missed game-winner vs. Oregon. The Bulldogs won, 79-73. However, West Virginia's offensive rebounding percentage - the percentage of its own missed shots it rebounds, thus extending possessions - ranks fifth nationally, which could further tire out a Gonzaga team that's likely to be already harried by the Mountaineers' "Press Virginia" defense.
No. 2 Arizona vs. Florida took care of business in the first two rounds of the tournament, defeating East Tennessee State and Virginia handily.
Gonzaga tops the West bracket and faces No. 4 seed West Virginia in games set for San Jose, California.
Following that matchup, No. 2 Arizona Wildcats, the Pacific Coast Conference regular season and conference tournament champions, will play No. 11 Xavier, the lone double digit seed remaining in the tournament field. AND, it's going to be insane, because more than half of these teams has won a championship - Arizona, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA. The Jayhawks won both of their first games easily, beating UC Davis, 100-62, and then the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans, 90-70.
The NCAA Tournament will pick back up tonight with four Sweet 16 games, starting with the #7 Michigan Wolverines vs the #3 Oregon Ducks at 7:09pm EST on CBS.
The Sprint Center in Kansas City will be the site for the midwest region's sweet sixteen match ups. The Jayhawks will face fourth-seeded Purdue, while No. 3 seed OR meets surging 7-seed MI in the region's other game. Excluding the Kansas Jayhawks mashing of the Purdue Boilermakers, the three other contests on Thursday were decided by one possession. The Jayhawks have made at least eight three-pointers while shooting 40 percent or better from behind the arc in each tournament game. We've included times, channel information and point spreads. He also had 9 assists, all of which came in the second half. North Carolina earned those accolades, but at the moment the Heels aren't playing up to that level.
Xavier, the only double-digit team to make it to the second weekend of tournament play, may be one of the most surprising teams in the tournament.
Let's check out the West and Midwest regional finals, and who has a chance to advance to the Final Four!