The Sweet 16 Is Historically Loaded Thanks to a Lack of Upsets
This March's NCAA tournament has been largely free of madness thus far.
Cinderella stayed home from the Big Dance this year.
If you went chalk with your picks in this year’s NCAA tournament, your bracket is far from busted as there have been almost no upsets to this point in the tourney.
The top three seeds in every single region advanced to the Sweet 16 for just the second time ever and are joined by two No. 4 seeds. One of the remaining slots is being taken by Auburn (No. 5) while the other belongs to Oregon (No. 12), the lowest seed remaining in the tourney.
The Ducks will play the top-seeded Cavaliers on Thursday at the South Regional in Louisville and will be looking to hand Virginia, who lost in the first round last year as a No. 1 seed, their second straight upset loss in the tournament.
But Virginia was not the only team to bow out early last year as madness was rampant last March with six of the top 12 overall seeds getting eliminated before the Sweet 16.
“This year has been quite different with a complete lack of earth-shattering upsets – though Central Florida came close in the second round against Duke,” according to USA Today. “While the lack of upsets was probably a negative for many watching this weekend, the chalk nature of this Sweet 16 produces great on-paper matchups.”
The only other year the top three seeds in every region advanced was 2009 and that year also had the lowest seed total (the sum of the remaining seeds in the tournament) at 49, which has now been tied by this year’s seed total.