Winners and losers from men’s NCAA Tournament second-round games
The 2nd round of the guys’s NCAA Competition has actually been simply as interesting as the preliminary, which is stating something thinking about the bracket-busting upsets of this year’s round of 64.
Following a number of substantial upsets in the very first day of action for the round of 32 (Loyola bouncing No. 1 Illinois, Oral Roberts knocking out Florida), the 2nd day is off to the races. Oregon removed No. 2 seeded Iowa, as the Big 10 continues to battle.
It’s the insanity of March.
Which groups will be Sweet 16-bound and which ones will be leaving Indianapolis? A take a look at the winners and losers from Monday’s 8 video games:
College basketball fans. Believe this year’s March Insanity has been overboard on upsets? It’s not the year off due to in 2015’s cancellation that’s triggering us to contemplate. 2021 has actually been legendary compared to previous competitions. According to the NCAA, Oregon’s win over Iowa marked the 12th upset of the competition (upsets being specified as a win by a group seeded 5 areas lower than their challenger). The most upsets through the round of 32 was 10 (done 8 times) prior to 2021. The record for the whole competition is 13 (1985, 2014).
Gonzaga. The Bulldogs bent their offending expertise in an 87-71 triumph over Oklahoma, with huge guy Drew Timme (30 points, 13 rebounds) blazing a trail. While the ‘Zags were outstanding in a number of elements, their defense looked slow and they could not remain in front of OU’s Austin Reaves (27 points). That was the very first power conference group Gonzaga has actually dealt with considering that December, so if anything it’s a great tune-up for the Sugary food 16.
Oregon. The Ducks (21-6) are beating their seed as soon as again under coach Dana Altman. Oregon gained from not playing in the preliminary, with Virginia Commonwealth bailing out due to several favorable COVID-19 tests. They looked fresh in travelling previous No. 2 seed Iowa 95-80. The video game was so in the Ducks’ favor it didn’t even appear like an upset. Chris Duarte led the charge with 23 points and 7 helps. Altman is now into his 5th Sugary food 16 with Oregon. The Ducks reached the Sugary food 16 last as a No. 12 seed in 2019. They remained in the 2017 Last 4 and 2016 Elite 8.
UCLA. The Bruins (20-9) hammered Abilene Christian, the group that disturbed No. 3 Texas in the preliminary, 67-47. The Sugary food 16 is a considerable achievement for coach Mick Cronin, who just has one Sugary food 16 to his name after a number of underachieving surfaces at Cincinnati. This UCLA group lost its last 4 video games prior to getting in the NCAAs however appears to have actually discovered its groove here in Indianapolis. Johnny Juzang is the crucial driver for a guard-heavy Bruins team and Cronin got a great lift from his bench in this one.
The Pac-12. The conference is 9-0 in this NCAA Competition, and after completing 6th in the WEB rankings, it’s a quite strong declaration about the league as a whole. That’s specifically real thinking about 2 of the 3 Pac-12 groups in the Sugary food 16 (2 more will have opportunities) are double-digit seeds in UCLA and Oregon State (Oregon’s the other as a No. 7).
Iowa. Huge guy Luka Garza’s feelings stated all of it – as tears streamed for the All-American’s last video game as a Hawkeye. Iowa (22-9) had a group that was poised to get to the Elite 8 (or Last 4 if Gonzaga wasn’t on that side of the bracket). Garza was the focal point and coach Fran McCaffery had a toolbox of guards that fed off him. However No. 7 seeded Oregon looked exceptional on the day and the Ducks’ athleticism and grit appeared to take the Hawkeyes out of contention in the 2nd half.
The Big Ten. Following Iowa’s loss, the narrative of underachievement continues for the Big Ten Conference, which is now 6-7 in March Madness. The Big Ten was considered by far to be the best league in the country this season, leading the NET conference rankings by a landslide over the SEC and Big 12. The conference sent an NCAA-best nine teams to the Big Dance, with two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds. But now only Michigan (facing LSU later Monday) and Maryland (facing Alabama later Monday) still stand.
Ohio. The Bobcats (17-8) were poised to be more than a one-upset Cinderella after ousting reigning national champion Virginia in the first round. But they were mis-matched from the tip against Creighton and got bulldozed 72-58. Ohio didn’t play its best against UVA but still won, and didn’t have tat luxury against the Bluejays and their potent offense. Jason Preston, the team’s star point guard, shot 1-for-10 from the field and finished with four points.
Oklahoma. The Sooners (16-11) were competitive early on, giving top overall seed Gonzaga their best punch. Only problem is, this team wasn’t ready for counter-punches by the most dynamic offense in the country. That was a theme for coach Lon Kruger’s group down the stretch of the season when OU lost six of eight – they couldn’t close out games or respond to other teams’ surges. The late-season skid was a shame because a No. 7 or No. 6 seed could’ve positioned the Sooners better than facing the top dog in the 2nd round. Austin Reaves’ 27 points closed out an outstanding career.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: March Insanity: Winners, losers from men’s NCAA Tournament 2nd round
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.