March 26, 2008

2008 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament-3rd Round (The Sweet Sixteen).

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 4:47 pm


There were two upsets in the 2nd Round of the tournament last weekend.  The bigger upset was tiny Davidson College (1,700 enrollment) beating March Madness heavyweights Georgetown (5 Final Four appearances, the last in 2007).  Also, up-and-coming West Virginia (who were in the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, and won the NIT tournament in 2007), surprised mighty Duke (3 NCAA Championships, the last in 2001; 14 Final Four appearances, the last in 2004).

Click here, for the “team report” section of the West Virginia Mountaineers‘ page, from the CBS site.

Click here for the “team report” section of the Davidson Wildcats‘ page, from the CBS site.

The big story is the play of Davidson Guard Stephen Curry.  Even though his father was a clutch 3-point specialist for the Carolina Hornets (among other teams, in his 16-year NBA career), no major schools gave him a look.  Too slight, was the verdict.  So, he stays in the Charlotte region, and goes to a small school of little renown.  And his performances in 2 games (40 pts. v. Gonzaga, with 30 in the second half; 30 pts. v. Georgetown, 25 in the second half) have propelled Davidson to the Sweet Sixteen.  The last time Davidson went past the 1st Round in the tournament was in 1969, when they made it to the Elite Eight.  {See this article about Stephen Curry, from earlier this month (ESPN).           See this article, from March 24 (Washington Post site) }.

There were two matchups where a low seed was guaranteed to advance.  #12 seed Villanova beat Siena, and #12 seed Western Kentucky beat San Diego.  The rest of the teams that advanced were all at #5 seed, or higher:  all four #1 seeds: North CarolinaMemphisKansas,  and UCLA;   two #2 seeds: Tennessee,  and Texas;  all four #3 seeds: LouisvilleStanfordWisconsin,  and Xavier;  just one #4 seed: Washington State;  and one #5 seed: Michigan State.

**Bonus Chart !**  Old and/or alternate school crests of all 16 teams. ncaa_16teams_old_logos_segment_b.gif

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