The fourth round of the NCAA tournament, known commonly as the Sweet 16, began today with four games on the slate. First up was Miami taking on Marquette. After barely getting by Butler and Davidson, Marquette had no problem dominating Miami throughout the game. The Hurricanes, a popular Final Four pick, never got into a rythym and the most successful season in Miami basketball history came to a close with a 10 point loss. Fellow Big East member Syracuse took on top seeded Indiana later in the night. The Orange started off hot, and their zone defense stifled the Hoosiers all night. Cody Zeller could not get anything going in the paint, while Michael Carter-Williams was firing on all cylinders for Syracuse. I really like Syracuse to take out Marquette in the Elite Eight and advance to the Final Four.
Ohio State battled Arizona for the right to an Elite Eight berth in the West region. Arizona led for the majority of the first half, but Ohio State took over in the second half. With the game tied at 70 in the closing seconds, the Buckeyes once again came up with a clutch tie-breaking three pointer with just seconds remaining to reach the Elite Eight for a second straight season. The final game was Wichita State vs. La Salle, which I honestly did not even watch because it had no effect on my bracket whatsoever. At the time of me writing this, Wichita State is up by 15 points with 6 minutes left. Regardless of the winner, I like Ohio State to advance to its second straight Final Four.
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