32 teams are left. The winners of these Saturday and Sunday games will move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Here is a break down of what happened in the Round of 64.
Biggest upset: UC irvine over kansas state
A lot of people would not have predicted an upset over Kansas State. The Wildcats won their Big 12 Regular Season (shared with Texas Tech). But when tournament time came around, they did not make it passed Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament. That probably started their down fall. For UC Orvine, they won their Regular Season title and the Big West Tournament Title. When it comes to the game, the Anteaters hit 9 threes, went 17-19 from the line, and only had 13 fouls for the whole game. In their first ever tournament win, juniors, Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard, combined for 38 points.
Biggest disappointment: New Mexico state gets set home early
This game clearly had the craziest ending, so far, in this tournament. Down 7 with 1 minute left on the clock, the New Mexico State Aggies were able to cut the lead down to 1 and a shot to win at the buzzer. Too bad he airballed. Many teams saw this experienced and underrated team at least getting past Auburn. The Aggies ended up being the only 12 seed not to get passed the Round of 64.
My Pick for Cinderella team: murray state
This twelve seed has one of the best players in the country (I’ll get into him later). When you have a great player, usually you can make a run far into the tourney. They were able to upset Marquette by 19. Murray State has a good shot making it to the Sweet 16 by beating the Florida State Seminoles this evening.
Next team to be upset: Virginia Tech
I liked how Liberty played against one of SEC’s top teams. They beat Mississippi State by 4 and their leading scorer only had 6 points. They caught fire from deep with 12 threes. This team should be able to beat Virginia Tech. The Hokies only had 4 threes and when a team triples the amount of threes one shoots, it would be tough to get a win. It was clear that they would get past a pretty bad Saint Louis team, who finished 6th in the Atlantic 10. That ain’t great.
kemba watch: ja morant
Ja Morant has proved he can do all. He had 16 assists, 11 rebounds and 17 points. Watching the Marquette game, I was always on the edge of my seat when he was on the floor. Marquette was not a bad team during the regular season, 24-10, and the Flying Racer wiped the floor with them. During the season, Ja averaged 24.4 points per game, 10.2 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. He will be a great player in the NBA one day.