The first day of the second round was a little underwhelming, but the second day had just the right mix of upsets, dunks, highlights and bloopers.
Here’s what went down on Friday…
No. 2 Duke 73, No. 15 Albany 61 – Midwest Region
No. 12 Ole Miss 57, No. 5 Wisconsin 46 – Midwest Region
No. 9 Temple 76, No. 8 North Carolina State 72 – East Region
No. 2 Miami 78, No. 15 Pacific 49 – East Region
No. 7 Creighton 67, No. 10 Cincinnati 63 – Midwest Region
No. 13 La Salle 63, No. 4 Kansas State 61 – South Region
No. 1 Indiana 83, No. 16 James Madison 62 – East Region
No. 7 Illinois 57, No. 10 Colorado 49 – East Region
No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 78, No. 2 Georgetown 68 – South Region
No. 2 Ohio State 95, No. 15 Iona 70 – West Region
No. 8 North Carolina 78, No. 9 Villanova 71 – South Region
No. 3 Florida 79, No. 14 Northwestern State 47 – South Region
No. 7 San Diego State 70, No. 10 Oklahoma 55 – South Region
No. 10 Iowa State 76, No. 7 Notre Dame 58 – West Region
No. 1 Kansas 64, No. 16 Western Kentucky 57 – South Region
No. 11 Minnesota 83, No. 6 UCLA 63 – South Region
- The upset of the day isn’t even up for debate, as Florida Gulf Coast became just the seventh No. 15 seed in tournament history to upset a No. 2 seed. Most impressive of all was that the Eagles did it handily, cruising by a Georgetown program that continues to disappoint come tournament time.
- The upsets came rolling in on Friday, as six of the 16 games were won by the teams with the worse seed, leaving us with a Round of 64 for the ages in terms of underdog stories.
6 teams seeded 12 or lower have won in the Round of 64 this year, the most wins ever in the Round of 64 by teams seeded 12 or lower.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 23, 2013
- It turns out the West really is wild, as after the No. 1 seed, No. 2 seed and No. 6 seed, the other five West Region teams to advance to the Round of 32 are all seeded between No. 9-No. 14.
- The most predictable “upset” in some time went to No. 11 Minnesota, who dominated No. 6 UCLA in South Region play on Friday night. The Bruins came in without their second leading scorer due to injury, with Shabazz Muhammad under the microscope for all of the wrong reasons and had to match up against one of the best rebounding teams in the nation when they themselves were one of the worst rebounding teams coming into the tournament.
- While Indiana advanced in the same fashion as Louisville yesterday, without breaking much of a sweat, Kansas played the part of Gonzaga as a No. 1 seed that barely survived, with the 16-seed Hilltoppers from Western Kentucky pushing the Jayhawks to the limit. We’ve still never seen a No. 1 seed fall to a No. 16, but with the parity that is slowly but surely creeping into the college game and the challenges that Gonzaga and Kansas faced in their opening round matchups this week, we have to be getting close, right?
- Yesterday I railed on the Mountain West Conference after New Mexico and UNLV were humbled worse than one of Iron Sheik’s opponents, but today I’m ready to give some serious love to the Atlantic 10 Conference. With Temple and La Salle punching their tickets to the Round of 32, the Atlantic 10′s five tournament teams are now a perfect 6-0 in this year’s edition of the Madness (remember that La Salle also won a play-in game) and the conference will account for 15 per cent of the third round of the tourney.
- Player of the day honours go to Minnesota’s Andre Hollins, who poured in 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc, to go with nine rebounds and five assists. Honourable mention also goes out to Mississippi’s Khalif Wyatt, whose 31 points helped Temple hold off North Carolina State.
- Roy Williams earned his 700th career victory on Friday as UNC advanced to the Round of 32, and afterwards, the legendary coach celebrated with his team in the locker room. You may remember this night as the one where Florida Gulf Coast beat Georgetown, but I’ll always choose to remember it as the night 62-year-old Roy Williams said “Let’s bump,” before doing this…