UConn has done it again, winning the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
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The second round of the NCAA Tournament began on the first day of Spring, and just as we begin to turn the page on a cold, cold winter, so too do we turn the page on many teams' 2013-2014 season.
The Louisville Cardinals overcame another deficit to beat the Michigan Wolverines for the school's third national championship.
The Final Four is nearly here. Here are the matchups.
The FGCU Eagles became the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. There were plenty of other upsets, as well.
Because, technically, this was the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA tournament seedings and matchups were announced on Sunday night. Here's the bracket.
After a little less than a month of games, the NCAA tournament will finally crown a new champion. The crown will pass from Connecticut to the new kings of men's college basketball on Monday night.
And then there were four. March Madness continues as the final two are set for the Final Four.
The first two games of the Elite Eight are over with, which means the first two teams of the Final Four are set.
The Sweet 16 wrapped up on Friday night, which means the Elite Eight will commence on Saturday. Recaps after the jump.
March Madness got back underway Thursday with the first round of the Sweet 16.
The round of 32 wrapped up on Sunday, and there were quite a few surprises.
In a tournament that has been defined by upsets, Saturday's NCAA tournament games gave us none. Oh well.
If your bracket is almost entirely busted, you didn't know what you were doing when you picked. Plenty of upsets happened on Friday, including two that had only happened four times before.
For those that don't consider those first four play-in games to be the beginning of the NCAA tournament, your time has come.
March Madness continued on Wednesday night and now the field of 64 is complete. The tournament is finally set to officially begin.
The brackets have been announced. So grab your pencils and apporpriate erasers, buy yourself some Red Bull, and prepare yourself for a wild month of college basketball.
It was the worst national championship game ever.
We should make this clear, as well. It wasn't necessarily that UConn won the game - Butler just played a little worse than UConn. At the end of the night, Butler made 12 of 64 attempts from the field. That's a paltry 18.8 percent - the worst ever in a title game. Butler had two points in the paint, to UConn's 26.
UConn scored 19 points in the first half.
Saturday filled Houston with college basketball fans from all over the country. They piled into Reliant Arena for a full day of basketball, activities and concerts.
The Final Four of the NCAA tournament - March Madness - is, in some ways, larger than the championship game itself.
Ya know, I thought I had college basketball all figured out.
I thought that teams with more talent, teams with big-name coaches and big-name players would undoubtedly beat the teams that no one hears of until the tournament, the teams that don't have the same funding as these big-name schools.
There were two NCAA tournament games on Saturday, and I say this with a heavy heart, there was one upset and one game that went according to seeding.
The first game of the day was between No. 2 Florida and No. 8 Butler. Butler is the darling of the NCAA tournament this year, as they were last year.
Another wild day in the NCAA Tournament. Upsets, routs - Friday had a little of it all.
Don't you just love March?
Two No. 1 seeds were in action on Friday night.
No. 1 Ohio State had a tough game against No. 4 Kentucky. The Buckeyes were the overall No. 1 seed after a dominant season, and the Wildcats came into the tournament hot after winning the SEC tournament title.
Friday's NCAA tournament matchups feature a No. 10 seed, two No. 11 seeds and a No. 12 seed.
We'll start with the matchup between the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks and No. 12 Richmond Spiders. Kansas looks to have the easiest road to the Final Four in the tournament. The highest-ranked team they've faced so far is No. 9 Illinois, and even if they make the Elite 8, they will still face either No. 10 FSU or No.
Thursday night featured the first four games of the Sweet 16, with the winners moving on to the Elite 8 - one step closer to the Final Four and the National Championship. I was wrong in only one of my picks, but I couldn't have been happier to be wrong.
The first two games featured No. 2 and 3 seeds facing off. No. 2 San Diego State started the night against No.
As an Arizona alum, I nearly went into cardiac arrest at least twice on Sunday.
Let me explain:
Sunday was another day of certified March Madness. The upsets rained down like Ohio State's three-pointers.
No. 2 UNC kicked off the day barely edging No. 7 Washington 86-83 on a controversial call at the end of the game.
All the No. 1 seeds survived the round of 32 on Sunday, but some games were closer than others.
Oh how hard the mighty fall.
Saturday proved to be another day filled with unpredictable, maddening games in the NCAA tournament. The first No. 1 seed fell.
No. 8 Butler looked to be beaten after free throws that put No. 1 Pitt up by one with just over a second left in the game. Then another foul - this time on Pitt. And now No. 8 Butler moves on to their fourth Sweet Sixteen since 2004.
As if Thursday's NCAA tournament fun weren't enough, Friday brought more Madness to college basketball.
There were four upsets on Friday, and one was a little bigger than the rest.
VCU was among the eight teams that played in the tournament's first round, facing USC and winning. Not many gave them a shot against basketball powerhouse Georgetown, but they dominated the entire game. No. 11 VCU came out hot and routed the No.
While the NCAA tournament began on Tuesday, March Madness began on Thursday with three big upsets in the tournament.
With three upsets, that means that 13 games went as the seedings called for.
The upsets were as follows: No. 11 Gonzaga beat No. 6 St. John's 86-71.
No. 12 Richmond beat No. 5 Vanderbilt 69-66.
And the biggest upset of the day - the Bracket Buster - was when No. 13 Morehead State beat No.
Now that the "first round" of the NCAA tournament is over, there are plenty of interesting matchups in the second round, which takes place Thursday (3/17) and Friday (3/18).
On Tuesday UNC-Asheville beat Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime for the chance to play Pittsburgh.
Selection Sunday has come and gone. And while the day is over, the rubble of a dirty brawl between 68 teams has set in, basketball fans now have two weeks of basketball to look forward to, culminating in the Men's basketball national championship on April 4th.
So which teams earned the coveted honor of being No. 1 seeds?