2018 NCAA Tournament

Dallen Cameron, Sports Editor

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a 64-team single elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men’s basketball. The tournament is known as “March Madness” or “The Big Dance”

The Final Four and Championship games were held in San Antonio, Texas.

The first round began with an classic when Rhode Island beat Oklahoma in overtime. The day also was filled with a number of thrilling finishes, including Loyola-Chicago burying a last-second shot to eliminate Miami, San Diego State fighting Houston to the final whistle before falling short and Alabama narrowly edging out Virginia Tech.

The biggest shock of the first round came on day two when sixteen-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) upset one-seeded Virginia 74-54, it has been labeled the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history as it was the first time in history a sixteen-seed had a win in the tournament. The sixteen seed was 0-135, until UMBC incredible upset.

“Young kids will tell their grandchildren where they were when UMBC upset Virginia, this is a upset that will probably not happen in a year, five years, ten years, or even twenty-five years” Jim Nantz, commentator for the game.

The Second Round or “Round of 32″ had its own madness. Lower seeds dominating the higher seeds.

11 Loyola-Chicago punched a ticket to their first Sweet 16 since 1985 after beating 3 Tennessee on a buzzerbeater game winner 64-63.

4 Gonzaga held off a second-half comeback by 5 Ohio State. Gonzaga went up 15–0 less four minutes into the game, but OSU rallied and eventually took the lead midway through the second half, but Gonzaga sergered at the end and eventually won 90-84.

7 Nevada came back from a 22-point deficit with five minutes left to beat 2 Cincinnati 75-73.. 7 Texas A&M defeated defending national champions 2 North Carolina 86-65, the 21-point defeat was the biggest for the Tar Heels all season and for a defending national champion to lose by in the tournament.

The South Region was the first region to ever have no top four seeds. Kentucky as a fifth seed is the highest seed for the South Region entering the Sweet 16/Elite Eight weekend.

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