NCAA tournament: A couch potato's guide to Sweet 16

But the Musketeers are in the Sweet 16, one year after getting knocked out of the Round of 32 by a Wisconsin buzzer-beater and after fighting through a season marked by at least one key injury.

Fantastic coaching from Xavier head coach Chris Mack lead to an absolute domination of the hapless Florida State team which failed to show any real fight or willingness to play proper basketball, propelling the Musketeers to the Sweet Sixteen with all the confidence in the world.

-Second-seeded Louisville fell to seventh-seeded MI by four, and second-seeded Duke fell to seventh-seeded SC by seven. Loved the moment during the deer-gutting win over Florida State when, after a timeout, Xavier scored on a layup off a half-court set play. Some teams at this stage are more likable than others and some will have fans rooting for them to fall. As it is, the league stands 7-2 and is tied with the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 for the most remaining teams with three. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games are in prime time. "You don't understand basketball if you put Wisconsin as the eighth seed", said Purdue coach Matt Painter.

The ACC had its collective swollen chest out all season, declaring itself the best conference in the country.

Even more unbelievable, another perceived-as-middling SEC team, Arkansas, was achingly close to eliminating the ACC's other traditional kingpin, North Carolina. Efficiency and controlling tempo will be key against North Carolina in the Sweet 16. "I think they're better now in March than they were when we played them in December and I think we're better than what we were in December as well". We knew this... but Duke. Virginia's season-long struggle to score caught up with them, and Tony Bennett's team left the tourney after a disgraceful 65-39 mauling to the Gators. How were the Badgers an 8 seed?

The seed with the highest number ever to make the Sweet 16? High-scoring guard Bronson Koenig and do-everything forward Nigel Hayes were on the 2015 Final Four team. On top of that, Adrian spearheads the West Virginia press and double teams all over the floor usually. They generated little noise in the SEC, where Kentucky dominates the conversation. Kansas has that look of a national champion, and with an Elite 8 loss to Villanova a year ago fresh in their minds, will be looking to make good on a title run. If they beat Wisconsin on Friday night at the Garden, it would be a mild surprise - if that. Trier is the difference here, and Arizona will get the best of Gonzaga this time.

It didn't hurt, either, that SC was playing in front of a raucous, partisan crowd. On the flip side, SC is in its first.

No. 2 seed and reigning ACC Tournament champions Duke had no trouble in its first-round game, routing No. 15 seed Troy 87-65. Forward Johnathan Motley is a physical player who backs down to nobody.

The Bulldogs made it to the "Elite 8" previous year for just the second time in its program's history. Kansas is 8-1 in NCAA tournament games played in Kansas City since 1986, with the lone loss coming in the 1995 Sweet 16 when the top-seeded Jayhawks fell to fourth-seeded Virginia.

If the Mountaineers shoot like they did against Notre Dame, watch out. The Heels had a bad shooting game (38.1 percent) against the Razorbacks, but they rebounded themselves into more chances.

Furthermore, they went 3-0 against this season against #22 St. Mary's, and won all 3 contests by double-digit margins.

Clutch player: Trevon Bluiett, Xavier.

Arizona's Sean Miller is arguably the best coach never to reach the Final Four.

Karnowski will be looking to continue his winning form with the Bulldogs against a scrappy West Virginia team that prides itself on its strong defence. Przemek Karnowski, the big Bulldogs very big Polish big man became one of the NCAA's winningest player tying NCAA and National Basketball Association champion Shane Battier's record of 134 career wins.

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