First Weekend of March Madness Recap

First Weekend of March Madness Recap

Charlie Abt

The first weekend of March Madness has concluded, and the tournament’s field has already shrunk for 68, including the first four, all the way down to just 16 teams remaining. There were plenty of upsets this weekend. By far, the most shocking one was 15 seed, Oral Roberts, defeating two-seed Ohio State in the first round. Oral Roberts was just the ninth 15 seed ever to win their first-round matchup. They then went on to upset seven seeded Florida in the Round of 32, and they became just the second 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Midwest region has been by far the craziest in the bracket. Loyola Chicago knocked off number one seed Illinois; Loyola Chicago was probably under-seeded as a team, and it forced just a bad draw for Illinois. Number three, West Virginia was upset by 11 seeded Syracuse. Finally, Oregon State knocked off Oklahoma state to send three of the top four seeds in the region home. Two seeded Houston was put on the ropes by ten seeded Rutgers, but they could survive. Gonzaga has looked strong in their attempt to complete a perfect season, and they are still clearly the favorite to win the tournament as they still only have had one game all season in which they didn’t win by double digits. They should have a relatively easy path to the Final Four since the two, three, and four seeds in their bracket have already been eliminated. Of the number one seeds remaining, Michigan will likely have the hardest time making the Final Four. They are already without one of their best players in Isaiah Livers, and they will have to face a very good Florida State team and then potentially face one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country in Alabama. My predictions for the Final Four Gonzaga, Alabama, Baylor, and Loyola Chicago. This tournament is shaping up to be one the best in recent memory with plenty of upsets, and we will see if they will continue.