NCAA Sweet Sixteen: Our man Santana is still alive with Gonzaga and Arizona

Kid’s good, but but don’t let him fool you that he picked Cinderella St. Peter’s over Kentucky

Santana C., Writer

March Madness is in the Sweet Sixteen.  It has been crazy just like every other year.  

At the beginning of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, my championship game pick was Gonzaga and Arizona. They’re still alive with only 16 teams left. 

A whole bunch of upsets have happened so let’s get into the big ones. 

 The first was the Richmond Spiders upsetting Iowa. I had the Hawkeyes going to the Final Four. They had a veteran team and the best player in the country but just got beaten. 

 The next one was the Kentucky Wildcats losing to St. Peter’s. I wasn’t alone in missing this one; 98 percent of people picked Kentucky to win, but they just got outplayed.

Into the second round, where North Carolina went up against Baylor, the number 1 seed. This game might be the game of the tournament. North Carolina got up big in the first half, by like 25, and carried that lead halfway through the second period. It looked like a surefire huge victory for the Tarheels, but then Brady Manek, their best player, got ejected for a second flagrant foul.

It really was not that big of a deal because they were up so much, but then Baylor started to get back in the game, cutting the lead to 20, then 15, then all the way down to three, and then Baylor tied it up and forced the game to overtime.

North Carolina was in shock that they blew their lead. But they had to get their head back in the game with their season on the line and they ended up squeaking it out for the win and took down top-seeded Bears.

The other big second-round upsets were: 

  • 3 seed Wisconsin lost to 11 seed Iowa State 
  • 2 seed Auburn lost to 10 seed Miami 
  • 3 seed Tennessee lost to 11 seed Michigan  
  • 7 seed Murray State lost to St. Peter’s, the sleeper team of March Madness after also beating Kentucky. 

So let’s do a preview on the Sweet Sixteen 

The big teams I think will advance are  Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas, and Arizona. 

 All the other matchups are up in the air. The two big games are  North Carolina vs UCLA, and  Duke vs Texas Tech.

I think these games could go either way. I hope UCLA and Texas Tech win but I’m unsure.

The Sweet Sixteen begins 4 p.m. Thursday with Arkansas against Gonzaga.