Sweet 16 field set after several upsets in first two rounds of March Madness
The NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament is in full swing as the first two rounds of games are in the history books. With that, the field of teams competing in the Sweet 16 is set and plenty of quality matchups are on the horizon.
The 15th-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles of the Summit Conference have slain two giants by three points in each game to cement their status as this year’s Cinderella team. The Golden Eagles stunned No. 2 seed Ohio State 75-72 in overtime in the first round and came back to oust the seventh-seeded Florida Gators 81-78 in the Round of 32. Now, Oral Roberts will face the third-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks for a spot in the Elite 8 at 6:25 p.m. Saturday on TBS.
Meanwhile, two other lower-seeded teams in No. 8 seed Loyola-Chicago and No. 12 seed Oregon State will face each other with a spot in the Elite 8 on the line at 1:40 p.m. Saturday on CBS. The Ramblers defeated Georgia Tech and No. 1 seed Illinois in the first two rounds, while the Beavers took down the fifth-seeded Tennessee Volunteers and the Cade Cunningham-led, fourth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys in their first two tournament games.
The No. 1 seed Baylor Bears will square off against fifth-seeded Villanova at 4:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS while No. 2 seed Houston will play against No. 11-seeded Syracuse at 8:55 p.m. Saturday on TBS.
In other Sweet 16 tournament games, the fifth seed of the West Region will face the number one overall seed in the tournament as Creighton takes on Gonzaga at 1:10 p.m. Sunday on CBS. After that, No. 4-seeded Florida State will compete against No. 1 seed Michigan on the same network at 4 p.m.
Later, the UCLA Bruins, a No. 11 seed, will battle No. 2 seed Alabama at 6:15 p.m. Sunday on TBS, followed by an all-Pac 12 matchup at 8:45 p.m. between the sixth-seeded USC Trojans and the No. 7-seeded Oregon Ducks. Elite 8 games will begin Monday. For more sports and outdoor coverage, click here.