NCAA men's basketball: Sweet 16 features heavyweight matchups

Dan Lyons' bracket

The Sweet 16 Is Historically Loaded Thanks to a Lack of Upsets

Gregg Nigl of Columbus says he nearly didn't fill out his bracket on NCAA.com's "Bracket Challenge", saying he was home sick.

The University of Iowa Hawkeyes have had a couple tough matchups to start the tournament and avoided a near upset in game one against No. 15 Mercer University.

He learned about his flawless bracket Monday night, when a reporter tracked him down.

Even though UCF played a almost ideal game against the Blue Devils, no team still alive in the NCAA Tournament is likely to replicate this success.

The tracker says the bracket is the only flawless one remaining across all major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and the NCAA's own contest.

I might overtake that particular bracket in the Sweet Sixteen, but I don't expect to outperform the victor of ESPN's challenge.

Nigl, who has lived in Columbus for 10 years, admits there is luck involved, but he's also a college basketball fan who wasn't mindless about making his picks.

The bracket Nigl entered, named "Center Road", has guessed all 48 entries correctly so far, marking an astounding success among tens of millions of brackets.

Nigl has been watching the games closely, stopping on a recent trip with his wife at a brewery in Erie, Pa., to watch MI beat Florida in the round of 32.

So who does Nigl have winning the 2019 NCAA title? The Vols actually led by four in the final minute, but Iowa came back to force overtime on an Isaiah Moss transition layup and a pair of Joe Wieskamp foul shots.

Nigl said, "It's amusing, the one that I'm ideal in was the one that I wasn't really checking, because it was just amongst just a few friends". 'And then, honestly, sometimes it's which teams I like better. After surviving a pesky Vermont squad in the first round, the Seminoles completely dominated Murray State to advance to the Sweet 16.

Here are our rankings of the six best players in the East Region. The Bulldogs and Seminoles begin a four-game slate Thursday before eight other teams vie for a spot in the Elite Eight Friday, starting with No. 3 LSU against No. 2 Michigan State. OR is 12th in scoring defense, 18th in field goal percentage defense (39.9 percent) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.1 percent) this season.

OR men's basketball returned to Eugene as the 12-seed Ducks continue their Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament. This looked like the third straight mismatch for Iowa in the second round of an NCAA tourney, with the Hawkeyes on the wrong side for the third straight time.

No. 1 Duke vs.

The last time these teams met, Duke was missing freshman forward Zion Williamson and Virginia Tech was missing senior guard Justin Robinson.

When the Tennessee Volunteers went up by 25 points in the first half, they never thought they would need overtime to defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 83-77 on Sunday afternoon. Two, however, are guaranteed to be eliminated in the next round as Duke will matchup with Virginia Tech and North Carolina will take on Auburn. In fact, four of the last 10 national champions had top 10 offenses, and two had top 5 offenses. No. 3 Houston: Kentucky star P.J. Washington's status (ankle) is uncertain.

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