Having two unfamiliar entrants to the Final Four is exciting, but a familiar team will raise the trophy
16 MT. SAINT MARY'S /NEW ORLEANS
9 VIRGINIA TECH
12 UNC WILMINGTON
13 EAST TENNESSEE STATE
14 NEW MEXICO STATE
7 SOUTH CAROLINA
No way 'Nova becomes the first No. 1 to lose an opener.
The Big Ten co-runner-up deserved a higher seed.
UVa has the best efficiency-based win odds for a 5 seed.
EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Pressure on turnover-prone Gators PG Kasey Hill will be key.
Streaking Mustangs haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati.
The Aggies are no match for their first top 50 opponent.
Coach Steve Wojciechowski moves on to face his mentor.
First-round upsets are no longer a thing for the Devils.
Free throw woes—they struggle to draw fouls and make foul shots—catch up to the Badgers.
Senior floor general London Perrantes won't get flustered by the Bucs' pressure defense.
Only a mild upset here: Mustangs are underseeded and 6'7" Semi Ojeleye has breakout potential.
The Golden Eagles don't have the D to ice super frosh Jayson Tatum and a scorching offense.
A buzzer-beating tip-in from Wildcats shooting guard Donte DeVincenzo beat the Cavs on Jan. 29. This won't be as stressful.
Ojeleye, who started his career in Durham, and the nation's No. 3 scoring defense can only give the Blue Devils a scare.
16 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
5 NOTRE DAME
4 WEST VIRGINIA
3 FLORIDA STATE
14 FLORIDA GULF COAST
7 ST. MARY'S
15 NORTH DAKOTA
Zags survive Mike Daum, the best unknown forward in D-I.
After a 78-year drought, the Cats won't fall in their debut.
Unbeaten since Dec. 20, the Tigers have a Cinderella feel.
The Mountaineers are by far the strongest No. 4 seed.
Banged-up Musketeers have lost seven of their last 10.
Luckily for the Seminoles, Orlando is not Dunk City.
The Gaels tend to thrive when not facing Gonzaga.
The Wildcats haven't had a bad loss, and won't here.
The jumbo frontcourt is a problem for Northwestern, whose tallest starter is 6'8" Dererk Pardon.
Navigating "Press Virginia," Princeton is the first Ivy champ to reach the Sweet 16 since 2010.
The overseeded Terps—a better No. 10 or 11 according to advanced analytics—are overwhelmed.
The Zona defense excels at defending long-range shots, negating the Gaelstorm of threes.
The Tigers' stingy interior D is no match for 7'1" Przemek Karnowski, who lefty-hooks them into submission.
Allonzo Trier and his fellow Cats guards thrive on drawing fouls. Too bad the Seminoles are whistle prone.
Vintage Grayson Allen: He scores in droves while soaking up boos from the pro-Nova crowd at Madison Square Garden.
To break through to their first Final Four, the Zags prevail in a tighter game with Zona, whom they beat 69--62 on Dec. 3.
Lack of interior depth finally catches up with Oregon, while high-volume-shooting wing Justin Jackson leads the Heels to their second straight title game.
The Tar Heels get over the devastating loss in last year's final by keeping the battle in the frontcourt and away from the arc. The duel between Meeks and Karnowski is a wash, but UNC's relentless effort on the offensive boards proves the difference.
Duke made it to the Final Four without a true point guard, but its journey ends with the ball in the hands of the Zags' stellar floor general, Nigel Williams-Goss.
Practically a home game for the Jayhawks, but OU will return to the Final Four—78 years after winning the first.
Swanigan outplays center Landen Lucas, but Kansas's 6'8" freshman sensation, Josh Jackson, makes his star turn.
The Ducks struggle with the Cardinals' long, physical D inside, but Brooks and surging point guard Tyler Dorsey take over.
The Jayhawks' guard-heavy lineup, led by Devonte' Graham, proves to be too explosive.
Big Ten POY Caleb (Biggie) Swanigan muscles Purdue to its first Sweet 16 since 2010.
Smooth-shooting 6'7" wing Dillon Brooks, OU's leading scorer, buries Rhody early and often.
The Pokes' porous D helps mask the Cardinals' iffy O, allowing Donovan Mitchell to score at will.
National POY favorite Frank Mason III stars for KU.
ACC's second-best D shuts down freshman Miles Bridges.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long drops long-range bombs in the win.
Boilers hit from outside to avoid third straight early exit.
It's the Rams' first opening-round win since '98.
Ducks advance even without injured PF Chris Boucher.
Feel-good run ends thanks to D-I's most efficient offense.
'Ville's four-forward lineup grounds the Gamecocks.
N.C. CENTRAL/UC DAVIS 16
MICHIGAN STATE 9
IOWA STATE 5
RHODE ISLAND 11
OKLAHOMA STATE 10
JACKSONVILLE STATE 15
Both teams love to run, but the Tar Heels' superior defense slows down Ball & Co. just enough.
The Blue Raiders meet their match with this burly blue blood, led by Kennedy Meeks on the blocks.
The Bruins beat the Cats in Lexington on Dec. 3, and they do it again in Memphis in a clash packed with lottery picks.
The nation's best offensive rebounding team cleans the Razorbacks off the glass.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
Butler yields to a new March upstart, and Giddy Potts enhances his tournament legend.
Cincy can do little to slow down maestro Lonzo Ball or keep Bryce Alford from draining threes.
The faces are different from the 2014 second-round instant classic, but the result is the same.
Coach Mike Davis's SWAC attack is no match for UNC.
Veteran Hogs exploit the Pirates' turnover tendencies.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
The Blue Raiders' versatile frontline does it again.
Super reserve Kelan Martin (16.1 ppg) leads the Bulldogs.
Known for their tough D, the Bearcats win with efficient O.
Even Golden Flashes aren't quick enough for the Bruins.
Vastly underseeded, the Shockers' win is unsurprising.
The Norse get vanquished in a Bluegrass State battle.
TEXAS SOUTHERN 16
SETON HALL 9
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 12
KANSAS ST./WAKE FOREST 11
KENT STATE 14
WICHITA STATE 10
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 15