Let’s do this rapid-fire since we don’t have a lot of time before Day 4 begins...
- The Villanova Wildcats are back in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats will be heading to Boston next week, this after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 81-58 in Pittsburgh. The ‘Cats had a 49-point outburst in the second half, as they let it rain on the Tide from beyond the arc. The last time Villanova was in Boston for a Regional, they went to a Final Four. They’ll be hoping for similar success.
- The run for the Seton Hall Pirates ended in Wichita. The Pirates fell to the Kansas Jayhawks, 83-79, to conclude the year and one of the most prominent eras in program history. We won’t see Angel Delgado anymore, who saved his best performance for last, putting up a 20 & 20 game (24 points, 23 rebounds), something that hadn’t been done in the NCAA Tournament since 2012. We won’t see Khadeen Carrington, who scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half. Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo will be gone as well. It’s the end of an era in South Orange, and what a time it’s been.
- The Michigan Wolverines won in crazy fashion in Wichita. Wolverines freshman Jordan Poole nailed a 30-plus foot buzzer beater to sink the Houston Cougars and send Michigan to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. They’re still riding the wave it seems, and that layoff hasn’t stopped them quite yet.
- The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are moving on to the Sweet 16, as well. Loyola knocked off the Tennessee Volunteers in dramatic fashion in Dallas. Porter Moser is headed to his first Sweet 16, as The Valley can celebrate having another team get in the mix. They’re certainly a very fun story, and will be a fun watch in Atlanta.
- The Duke Blue Devils, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the Sweet 16. Surprise, surprise.
- The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be going to their first Sweet 16 since 2005. Chris Beard certainly knows what he’s doing down there in Lubbock, doesn’t he?