Good afternoon, BBN!
Can you believe that first round! We had so many upsets that I can hardly keep track of them all! This article will look at the 5 biggest winners from the Round of 64, but we all know that there were more than 5 winners
Let’s get to it, but first—an honorable mention:
Honorable Mention: All the teams
Covid-19 made America and all of college basketball go over 700 days in between tournaments, and after a roller coaster of a season filled with masks, tests, postponements, pauses, cancellations, and small or no crowd capacities, we have a tournament with 68 fantastic teams that haven’t let covid keep them from being great. They are all big winners for getting to the tournament and, most of all, playing to make it possible.
5. North Texas
The Mean Green played a thriller of a game against Purdue, toppling the Boilermakers in overtime after trailing by 8 at half. They join Ohio as the two 13 seeds to advance to the Round of 32 (the first time two have advanced since 2018) and will face 5 seed Villanova tonight.
The Bobcats are dangerous as a 13 seed, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2012 and knocking off the defending champs in a wild game. They join a very exclusive club of teams to beat a Tony Bennett-coached Virginia squad with less than 70 points. Now they’ll face 5 seed Creighton in the Round of 32 tomorrow, who barely squeaked by UCSB yesterday.
3. Oregon State
Wheeeeeee! This was amazing. Absolutely wonderful. Those ugly white-and-orange uniforms are going home after being run out of the building by the Pac-12 tournament champions. The Beavers will play Oklahoma State tonight in a late game, riding high after sending the Vols home in Round 1.
2. Abilene Christian
The Wildcats made their first-ever NCAA tournament in 2019, getting demolished by Kentucky as a 15 seed. Their return trip this year was much better, knocking down two crucial free throws in the final seconds to topple 3-seed Texas for a monster upset. 11 seed UCLA awaits them in the Round of 64 tomorrow in the ultra-rare 11 vs 14 game.
But we all know the craziest result of them all...
1. Oral Roberts
History was made Friday afternoon as Oral Roberts became only the 9th 15 seed to ever beat a 2 seed after outlasting Ohio State in overtime. It was the first 15 over 2 upset since Middle Tennessee toppled Michigan State in 2015. Now they’ll play Florida tonight as they try to join Florida Gulf Coast as the only 15 seeds to reach the Sweet 16.
This upset got me thinking: would Kentucky fans rather see Kentucky miss the tournament or lose to a 15 seed? Missing the tourney stinks, but a blueblood like Kentucky losing to a 15 would be the most embarrassing thing in program history. Plus, Duke’s only lost to a 14 seed, so they’d have a more embarrassing loss than Duke.
What do y’all think?
Would you rather Kentucky miss the tourney or lose to a 15 seed?
This poll is closed
Lose to a 15 seed
Enjoy the Round of 32, and go ‘Cats!