The Bracket Yard Daily, March 23, 2021: The Sweet 16 Is Set
The 2021 NCAA Tournament has finished its first wave of games, and we know the last sixteen teams standing. Today in the Daily, we go through some of the concluding action of the Round of 32.
And by the way, where was this all season, Pac-12?
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(7) Oregon upsets (2) Iowa, 95-80. Some thought the Hawkeyes behind Luka Garza were going a long way. The bad news for them is that they did not even make it to the second weekend as Fran McCaffery’s bad luck in the Round of 32 continues. In 10 career NCAA Tournament appearances as a head coach, his teams have never advanced to the Sweet 16. Oregon saw to that on Monday afternoon with a dominant win.
Dana Altman and the Ducks have made the Sweet 16 in four out of the last five NCAA Tournaments. Two Ducks, Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa, crossed the 20-point mark. Garza ended his Iowa career with a spectacular 36 points in the loss.
(1) Michigan 86, (8) LSU 78. It was touch-and-go for a while for the Wolverines, but the third and final number one seed to escape the second round did so against LSU. The Tigers’ offensive attack consisted of two players: Cameron Thomas (30 points) and Javonte Smart (27). Meanwhile, Michigan’s Chaundee Brown was responsible for 21 off the bench.
This is the fourth-straight tournament in which Michigan has made the Sweet 16.
(4) Florida State 71, (5) Colorado 53. Just two days after the Buffaloes annihilated Georgetown, the Buffs themselves got blown away. Anthony Polite (FSU) had 22 to lead the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 for the third-straight tournament.
Teams in the 2021 Sweet 16
5 Good Sports Links
- [NFL] “Two more lawsuits have been filed against Deshaun Watson, running the total to nine,” ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio)
- [OLY] “Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz, 22, killed by lightning while training,” CNN (Matias Grez)
- [CBB] “Why this may already be the craziest NCAA men’s tournament ever,” Yahoo Sports (Pete Thamel)
- [NFL] “Jared Goff finally gives the Detroit Lions a quarterback who knows how to win,” Detroit Free Press (Carlos Monarrez)
- [OLY] “U.S. men’s soccer team’s Olympic hopes rest on one match,” Yahoo Sports (OlympicTalk)