BRACKET BLOG: Elite Eight (NCAA Open Thread)

Electricity in the Elite Eight! But will the Big 12 finally put a team (or two) in the Final Four for the first time in four years?

Even as my interest dwindles as the prospect of the dismantling of our basketball program slowly starts to seem more realistic by the day, I still feel strangely compelled to push this out there.

Three of the next four games are tagged as upset alerts by seed, even though there's no such thing as an upset in the Elite Eight — just under-seeded teams beating over-seeded ones.

Enjoy the games, everyone. Maybe someday we'll get back to playing on this weekend, too. It was fun while it lasted.

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Previous Entries:

The Teams

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The Sites

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • St. Louis, Mo.

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East Region

UPSET ALERT: No. 1 Syracuse (34-2) vs. No. 2 Ohio State (30-7)
March 24 | 6:05 p.m. CST | Boston | CBS
Verne Lundquist | Bill Raftery

How They Got Here:
No. 1 Syracuse 64, No. 4 Wisconsin 63
No. 2 Ohio State 81, No. 6 Cincinnati 66

Pomeroy: OSU 71, Syracuse 67
Sagarin: OSU 71, Syracuse 69

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Midwest Region

UPSET ALERT: No. 1 North Carolina (32-5) vs. No. 2 Kansas (30-6)
March 25 | 4:05 p.m. CST | Saint Louis | CBS
Marv Albert | Steve Kerr

How They Got Here:
No. 1 North Carolina 73, No. 13 Ohio 65 (OT)
No. 2 Kansas 60, No. 11 N.C. State 57

Pomeroy: Kansas 74, UNC 73
Sagarin: UNC 69, Kansas 68

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South Region

No. 1 Kentucky (35-2) vs. No. 3 Baylor (30-7)
March 25 | 1:20 p.m. CST | Atlanta | CBS
Jim Nantz | Clark Kellogg

How They Got Here:
No. 1 Kentucky 102, No. 4 Indiana 90
No. 3 Baylor 75, No. 10 Xavier 70

Pomeroy: Kentucky 75, Baylor 68
Sagarin: Kentucky 76, Baylor 70

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West Region

UPSET ALERT: No. 4 Louisville (29-9) vs. No. 7 Florida (26-10)
March 24 | 3:30 p.m. CST | Phoenix | CBS
Kevin Harlan | Reggie Miller | Len Elmore

How They Got Here:
No. 4 Louisville 57, No. 1 Michigan State 44
No. 7 Florida 68, No. 3 Marquette 58

Pomeroy: Florida 66, Louisville 65
Sagarin: Florida 63, Louisville 62

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