Exhale and accept the harsh reality that for the first time in four days, there is no NCAA Tournament basketball. The Monday after the opening weekend always provides a terrible hangover, but it hits even harder after this year’s chaos.
Two one-seeds have already been eliminated, one by a 16-seed. Kentucky’s South Region will not have any of the top four seeds in Atlanta, an NCAA Tournament first. Michigan is the highest-ranked team on the left side of the bracket as a three-seed. Six of the Sweet 16 teams are a seven-seed or higher.
After the dust cleared, here’s what the bracket looks like:
Kentucky’s Sweet 16 Game is Set
Kansas State ended UMBC’s unbelievable NCAA Tournament run to make a date with Kentucky this Thursday night at 9:47 on CBS in Atlanta. Kentucky has never lost to Kansas State (9-0) and John Calipari has never lost in the Sweet 16 at Kentucky (6-0). The last time the two teams met, Kentucky picked up a first round victory en route to a National Title run in 2014.
How UK Made It
Relive a pair of wins from the weekend in Boise with KY Wildcats TV.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 18, 2018
Auburn Laid an Egg
The SEC had an opportunity to tie the ACC with three teams in the Sweet 16, until Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers shot just 26 percent from the field to hand Clemson an easy 84-53 victory. Tony Barbee was not afraid to throw a little shade on Twitter.
— Tony Barbee (@CoachTonyBarbee) March 19, 2018
Texas A&M is the only other SEC team still alive after Florida’s last-second Saturday night loss to Texas Tech. The Aggies beat North Carolina to a pulp in Charlotte.
Mick Cronin is Mad
The Cincinnati Bearcats blew a 22-point lead to lose to Nevada in Nashville. The South’s two-seed became a punching bag for a variety of reasons, mostly because of Mick Cronin. A Rick Pitino discipline, his involuntary response to be a jerk in postgame interviews should surprise no one.
MICK MAD pic.twitter.com/UqRvBOUxxI
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) March 19, 2018
Cov Cath Wins the Sweet 16
C.J. Fredrick scored 32 points to lead the Colonels to a 73-55 victory over Scott County to win the 101st Sweet 16. It’s the second time in five years Cov Cath has defeated the Cardinals in the State Championship game. They are now only the second private school with multiple Sweet 16 titles. Check out highlights here.
Horse of the Year, IMO.
— Jason S (@jschells5) March 17, 2018
Get Lunch with the KSR Baseball Podcast
The KSR Baseball Podcast with Coach Keith Madison and Trey Huntsman is recording live on the road today at noon. Head out to Performance Physical Therapy in Brannon Crossing for some free lunch and a little UK Baseball talk wit the best in the biz.