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The NCAA Tournament Bracket After Round One


For the second consecutive year, three 11-seeds advanced to the second round.  That’s the only fun upset stat available because all of the favorites won, creating one of the most uneventful first rounds in recent memory.

Instead of being upset about the lack of upsets, the second round should be filled with fantastic weekend basketball.  Here’s Saturday’s schedule:

  • 12:10 — West Virginia vs. Notre Dame on CBS
  • 2:45 — Villanova vs. Wisconsin on CBS
  • 5:15 — Gonzaga vs. Northwestern on CBS
  • 6:10 — Florida State vs. Xavier on TNT
  • 7:10 — Butler vs. Middle Tennessee State on TBS
  • 7:45 — Arizona vs. St. Mary’s on CBS
  • 8:40 — Florida vs. Virginia on TNT
  • 9:45 — Purdue vs. Iowa State on TBS

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for The NCAA Tournament Bracket After Round One

  1. rainman
    10:06 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

    When you look at this as a whole!
    It kind of looks like the SEC as a
    conference got screwed!
    TOUGH second round for all of them!

    • Han
      10:12 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

      Virginia aren’t world beaters this year (though their D is always tough), but Florida’s always unpredictable at tourney time. They could go on a run to the Final Four hitting 3s the whole way, or they could get dumped game 2. I’ve got Virginia over them simply because I trust a drag-it-out defense to be more reliable than a team that lost one of their best players a couple weeks ago.

      SCar and Arkansas didn’t exactly deserve better than 7 and 8, so they were bound to face a 2 and 1 second round. Not really a screwjob. Even our draw for round 2 isn’t horrible. If we play close to our potential, neither Dayton or WSU is a threat, even with the storyline with Wichita. It’s up to Cal and the players to prove they’re as good as the 2 they earned. Now, the next few games are obviously tough if we get there, as UCLA beat us once and UNC was a game for the ages. That said, while we all like an exciting matchup, I think it’s safe to say there’ll be a lot of Cincy and Arkansas fans in Kentucky today and tomorrow. It’d be nice to get a cakewalk one of these years.

  2. Han
    10:06 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

    The three 11 seeds advancing are the only picks I missed. Give or take a 10 over 7, 9 over 8, it was such a chalk first round. Only one 12 over a 5 and it was the one actually favored heading into the game. Comparatively boring first round next to most years.

  3. Cokely53
    10:10 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

    Yes but what everyone is failing to mention is that less upsets in the first round leads to better games down the road. Who seriously wants to see an 11 seed get waxed in the final four again?

    • Han
      10:14 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

      If we were to face Middle Tennessee for a trip to the Final Four, I’d be quite pleased.

      Exciting games are fun, but easy paths and blowouts are fun for homers. I’m a UK fan first, college basketball fan after.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:38 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

      MTSU is pretty good….If I were Butler’s coach, I would be worrying.

  4. WeareBBN
    11:01 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

    How do you figure SEC got screwed. Our 4th place team USC got to play the Big East 6th place at home basically. Our 3rd place team, ARK, got to play Big East 4th place, Big East is not good. Is only reason SEC has decent record but will be lucky to have 2 make sweet 16. ACC had their 7th place team playing Big 10 2nd place team as an 8 vs 9 match up.

  5. KSR Spy
    11:10 am March 18, 2017 Permalink

    Missed 2 games in the first round. Freakin Vandy throwing the game cost me and Mich St decided to stop sucking and Miami decided to start sucking.

    2nd round the points really start to add up. Good luck on brackets today 🙂

    • runningunnin.454
      2:22 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      You have to hand it to Izzo; his teams usually stop sucking around tournament time.
      Daggum Rhode Island cost me one game.

    • runningunnin.454
      2:28 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      BTW, Wichita St lost to Mich St when they were sucking, and we beat them by 21.

    • jaws2
      3:25 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      We beat MSU prior to Cal deciding he wants to grind it out every game. At one time this team was running, now we walk it up the court and grind it out. We’re playing into the hands of every team we play and it’s going to cost us another shot at a title ala Wisconsin. Bank on it.