It’s been March Madness to its fullest as overtimes and upsets keep on coming in the NCAA Division national championship tournament, where the 68-team field has been narrowed to the “Sweet 16,” which includes three Pac-12 teams as Arizona trounced Gonzaga 81-64, UCLA routed Stephen F. Austin 77-60, and Stanford edged Kansas 60-57.
Now Stanford and its “from fire him to compliment him” head coach Johnny Dawkins get a Sweet-16 matchup with the Dayton Flyers, who upset Syracuse.
For some of the college teams who’ve had memorable overall seasons or postseasons, their Sweet-16 dreams turned sour over the weekend, though their tourney fate shouldn’t lesson their accomplishments, such as Wichita State, which had its perfect season snapped by Kentucky; Creighton and its outstanding All-American Doug McDermott were eliminated by Baylor; and upstart Mercer having its Cinderella postseason run ended with a thud by Tennessee.
As for all the overtimes, they were created by some unbelievable plays, including a four-point play to tie a game right before the final horn, with the player who committed the foul looking distraught. But he’s not responsible for his team’s OT loss because there are always many other circumstances that build up to the finish, whichever way it goes.
This weekend’s Sweet-16 will provide another slate of upper-level hoops play and who knows who will survive, or be sent packing on a freak play near the end of a game or in another OT period or two.