After a lot of upsets in the first round, and first two days, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament now moves on to the weekend, and the round of 32, with 8 games today, and another 8 tomorrow to set the Sweet 16.
It will happen without Oregon State, and most of the Pac-12, as 5 of the record 7 teams to get in got bounced in the first round, and all as the higher seeds.
Oregon State of course came up on the short end of yesterday's 75-67 game against VCU, and California also bowed out, losing 77-66 to Hawaii. The Bears were without 2 starters, one upping the Beavers, who were only down Tres Tinkle.
This came after Colorado and USC lost second half leads on Thursday, to Connecticut and Providence, while Arizona never had a lead to lose against Wichita State.
As a result, the only teams from the Pac-12 to advance are their top 2 teams, Oregon and Utah.
The Utes downed Fresno State 80-69, and earned a showdown with Gonzaga, after the Zags upset Seton Hall 68-52. It will be one of the more interesting games of the day, and while it means another team from the West will be eliminated, it also means one will advance to the second weekend.
The Ducks dominated Holy Cross yesterday evening, flying to a 91-52 win that was the biggest blowout of the first 3 days, and set them up with a game Sunday against St. Joseph's. The Hawks got a gift when they didn't have to play overtime against Cincinnati, and got a 78-76 win that should have been decided in ot.
CBS, TNT, TBS, & TRuTV will divy up the coverage, and you can stream any of the games as they happen as well.
Over on the women's side, Oregon State won their first round contest yesterday, destroying Troy 73-31. The Beavers will meet St. Bonaventure tomorrow evening at 6 PM with a trip to the Dallas Regional Sweet 16 at stake.
Arizona State also advanced, and the other 3 Pac-12 women's teams in the Tournament, UCLA, Stanford, and Washington, all play their first round games today, looking to advance to Monday night second round games.