At first, Oregon seemed headed to becoming the only top seed to fall in this year’s NCAA March Madness. But at the end of the day, the top seeds went 4-of-4 and advances to the Sweet 16.
While three of the top seeds namely Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia easily disposed of their first round opponents, Oregon flirted with disaster and was nearly eliminated after trailing by seven points heading into the last five minutes.
In a report published in CBS Sports, basketball fans were glued to their television sets and patiently waited if there would finally be a top seed to fall in the NCAA. This was the only game where the fate of the no. 1 seed hung in the balance. Behind the free throw shots of Casey Benson and Tyler Dorsey, Oregon eventually won 69 – 64. They advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2007.
This marks the first time that all no. 1 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2007. Such scenario had happened only four times since 1985.
While all the no. 1 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16, the same cannot be said with the 2nd seeds with Xavier losing to Wisconsin on a buzzer beater and Michigan losing to Middle Tennessee considered by many as the biggest upset in NCAA history.
Oregon was led by the 25 points of Dillon Brooks while Saint Joseph’s was led by DeAndre Bembry.
Oregon will meet the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils in the West Regional semifinals in Anaheim, California. Kansas will go up against Maryland in the South Regional semifinals. It will be North Carolina against Indiana in the East and Virginia against Iowa State in the Midwest.
Meanwhile, the other semifinal games will have Miami against Villanova in the South, Texas A & M in the West, Notre Dame vs Wisconsin in the East, and Gonzaga vs Syracuse in the Midwest.
The Sweet 16 gets underway on Thursday with the winners advancing to the Elite 8.
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