It’s been a year like no other for college basketball players, coaches, and fans. After going through a March/April without March Madness last year, the hype has been through the roof for this year’s tournament…and it has not disappointed. On the men’s side, the most unexpected teams have knocked off favorable championship teams. We are heading into the Sweet 16 with the highest average seed in the history of the men’s tournament…unreal! The women’s tournament has been nothing short of entertaining as well. The #1 seeds continue to dominate and live up to their expectations, but there are definitely some teams that could threaten their chances of reaching the Final Four. The Big 10 women and the Pac 12 men are representing with 4 teams from each conference in the Sweet 16. History is being made in both tournaments, so let’s reflect on some of the best moments thus far.
GAME WINNER!!!! The Texas A&M women continue their tournament run after sophomore guard, Jordan Nixon, went coast to coast at the buzzer to win the game. Nixon has showed out for the NCAA tournament, leading the team to two victories. She dropped 21 points in their first win against Troy, followed by 35 points and 7 assists in their win over Iowa State.
Oral Roberts makes a name for themselves. Some might call them the Cinderella team of the tournament, but this team has arguably the best duo in college basketball right now. Together, Max Abmas and Kevin Obanor have averaged 56.5 points per game in the NCAA tournament to lead the Eagles to the Sweet 16. It has not been easy by any means. Oral Roberts took down the #2 seed, Ohio State, and preceded to initiate a comeback win against the #7 seed, Florida. Can this 15 seed keep it going?
Sister Jean and Loyola embark on another historic NCAA Tournament run…and this one took knocking off the #1 seed, Illinois. Forward Cameron Krutwig had to go up against one of the top Center’s in the nation, but it surely did not phase him. Krutwig got it done on both ends of the floor with 19 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals. This isn’t the first time the Ramblers have been down this route either. They are hoping to build upon their historic 2018 tournament run to the Final Four.
Michigan women reach their first-ever Sweet 16! This team has had an incredible year, but they were unable to secure a win during the BIG 10 Tournament. The Wolverines have taken this to heart, and the momentum has gotten them to the Sweet 16. Statement wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Tennessee boosted Michigan to reach this achievement.
Gonzaga reaches its 6th-straight Sweet 16. With the goal of finishing out this season with an undefeated record, Gonzaga has not lost a game since February 22, 2020. That’s over one year ago. Gonzaga is the most consistent team in college basketball right now, and very few teams have even come close to threatening their undefeated year. The Bulldogs have so many weapons with 4 players averaging double digits. Corey Kispert and Drew Timme lead the way with 19.2 and 18.8 PPG, respectively.