The Sweet Sixteen is set and there are some surprises!


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Well, How many brackets are in shreds?


The answer MANY of them!


The 2021 version of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has been full of surprises. From play-in games with power, five teams, #11, #12, and #15 seeds, dancing past the first round. Also, the first NO contest due to a pandemic! This year's tournament has had it all and ALL being held in one state!


The play-in games had one particular interest as it matched the Michigan State Spartans 9th in the Big Ten 15-13(9-11) vs. the UCLA Bruins 4th in the Pac-12 19-9(13-6) for an 11th seed slot in a game against BYU. Not sure what the committee was smoking here, but UCLA won in OT 86-80.


Upsets, you want upsets? We GOT EM!

Then the first day, six teams fell to the upset bug.

First was #2 seeded Ohio State 21-9(12-8), who lost OT 75-72 to #15 seeded Oral Roberts 16-10 (10-5).


Next was #5th seeded Tennessee 18-8(10-7), who lost by #14 to the #12th seeded Oregon St Beavers 17-12(10-10).


The #9 seed in the South, the Wisconsin Badgers 17-13(10-10), ripped up the #8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels by 23 points 85-62.


Then came the North Texas Mean Green 17-9(9-5), upsetting the #4th seed Purdue Boilermakers 18-9(13-6) 78-69 IN OT!


Rutgers 15-12(10-10), the #10 seed in the Midwest, managed to squeak by the #7th seed Clemson Tigers 16-7(10-6) 60-56.


Finally, not to be outdone, the #11th seeded Syracuse Orange 18-9(9-7) swept away the #6 seed San Diego State 23-3(14-3) by the score of 78-62.


Day two saw four more upsets, one involving a play-in team. It also saw a game called a no-contest due to covid. Near Midday announced that the Virginia Commonwealth Rams had multiple positive cases of COVID-19 and would be unable to play. The committee decided to declare the Game a no contest and award the "win" to the Oregon Ducks.


The first upset was the 10th seeded Maryland Terrapins 16-13(9-11), defeating #7th seeded UConn 15-7(11-6) 63-54.


Then it was the Ohio Bobcats out of the MAC to get in on the upset craze. #13 seeded Ohio 16-7(9-5) took down the 4th seed Virginia Cavaliers 18-6(13-4) by a slim 62-58 margin.

Next, the #11th seed play-in winner UCLA 20-9(13-6) stepped up and sent #6 seed BYU 20-6(10-3) home 73-62.


Rounding out the upset was the #14 seed Abilene Christian Wildcats 23-4(13-2), taking down the three seed Texas Longhorns 19-7(11-6). AC was tested but held on for a 53-52 win.