Kentucky Wildcats guard Malik Monk (5) reacts after a three-point basket against the Wichita State Shockers during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. SC was led by senior guard and South East Conference player of the year Sindarius Thornwell.
Duke was the previous favorite to win the title, and Villanova's odds of winning it all for a second consecutive season were among the top 10.
Day 1 of the Sweet Sixteen definitely did not disappoint. The Boilermakers also took part in a preseason scrimmage against West Virginia, which defeated the Jayhawks on February 13.
On the flip side in the east, SC now takes on No. 3 Baylor Bears. Arizona defeated the No. 15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the No. 7 St. Mary's Gaels in the first two rounds. In the East Region - the region of Cinderellas - the stage is set for chaos. The 3-seed is 2-1 both straight-up and against the spread. They committed 14 against the Mountaineers and exited the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs won, 79-73. Nigel Williams-Goss might be the best point guard left in the tournament and won't succumb to West Virginia's pressure easily, while Gonzaga's offense is much better than it's shown in its first two tournament games. In the former, the Arizona Wildcats take on the lowest-seeded team remaining, the 11th-seeded Xavier Musketeers.
Moving on to the Midwest region, No.1 Kansas Jayhawks have taken care of business as expected. The Jayhawks won both of their first games easily, beating UC Davis, 100-62, and then the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans, 90-70. Three of the four match-ups were decided by three points or less.
First up is the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines taking on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. Kansas' path to next week's Final Four includes the Sweet 16 matchup against the Purdue Boilermakers (+2000 to win), whose big man Caleb Swanigan could expose issues with the Jayhawks' rim protection. Also out is Duke, who lost at the hands of SC. The Jayhawks have made at least eight three-pointers while shooting 40 percent or better from behind the arc in each tournament game.
Elsewhere in the South Region, UCLA Bruins freshman point guard Lonzo Ball has played like the top National Basketball Association prospect that scouts project he will be. We've included times, channel information and point spreads.