Mar 18

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Regional Quarter Finals, Day 2

We could call Friday “Giant Slayer Day”, at least on the Men’s side of the Tournament. In addition to the big one, the crushing defeat of Virginia (picked by many as the top seed to win the whole thing) by University of Maryland, Baltimore College, a historically Black College known more for turning out Physicians, Ph Ds., Cyber Spooks and Chess Grandmasters than NBA Hall of Famers, there were 5 lesser remarked upsets- Marshall, Butler, Kansas State, Syracuse, and Florida State.

Umm… that’s over a Third, 37.5% to be precise.

Only one Men’s team scored a Century (as opposed to 3 on the Lady’s side) and that would be Xavier (told you they had a cool name).

Friday’s Results

Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Score Region
7 Texas A&M 21 – 12 73 10 Providence 21 – 14 69 West
2 Purdue 29 – 6 74 15 CSU Fullerton 20 – 12 48 East
4 Wichita State 25 – 8 75 13 *Marshall 25 – 10 81 East
2 Cincinnati 31 – 4 68 15 Georgia State 24 – 11 53 South
2 North Carolina 26 – 10 84 15 Lipscomb 23 – 10 66 West
7 Arkansas 23 – 12 62 10 *Butler 21 – 13 79 East
5 West Virginia 25 – 10 85 12 Murray State 26 – 6 68 East
7 Nevada 28 – 7 87 10 Texas 19 – 15 83 South
8 Creighton 21 – 12 59 9 *Kansas St. 23 – 11 69 South
3 Mich. St. 30 – 4 82 14 Bucknell 25 – 10 78 Mid West
1 Xavier 26 – 8 102 16 Texas Southern 16 – 20 83 West
4 Auburn 26 – 7 62 13 Charleston 26 – 8 58 Mid West
1 Virginia 31 – 3 54 16 *UMBC 25 – 10 74 South
6 TCU 21 – 12 52 11 *Syracuse 22 – 13 57 Mid West
8 Missouri 20 – 13 54 9 *Florida State 21 – 11 67 West
5 Clemson 24 – 9 62 12 New Mexico St. 28 – 6 58 Mid West

Do we have favorites? Of course we have favorites.

Even though State is my pick for the Finals I just can’t help rooting for the ‘Cuse. Fortunately Richard is parked at Stars Hollow North Lake this weekend otherwise there might be grunts, I’ve given up on being included in the Will.

UMBC for sure because who hates on Cinderella? Xavier because cool name duh and from an aesthetic standpoint I wonder how the Tiger/Tiger matchup will work itself out.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
12:10 pm CBS 2 Purdue 29 – 6 10 Butler 21 – 13 East
2:40 pm CBS 3 Mich. St. 30 – 4 11 Syracuse 22 – 13 Mid West
5:15 pm CBS 2 North Carolina 26 – 10 7 Texas A&M 21 – 12 West
6:10 pm TNT 2 Cincinnati 31 – 4 7 Nevada 28 – 7 South
7:10 pm TBS 4 Auburn 26 – 7 5 Clemson 24 – 9 Mid West
7:45 pm True 9 Kansas St. 23 – 11 16 UMBC 25 – 10 South
8:40 pm TNT 1 Xavier 26 – 8 9 Florida State 21 – 11 West
9:40 pm TBS 5 West Virginia 25 – 10 13 Marshall 25 – 10 East