Half of the field has been eliminated from the The 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket, so now eight spots in the Sweet 16 will be on the line as the second round begins on Saturday. It’s a loaded slate with some of the biggest brands in college sports on a huge stage, but the schedule also features two of the year’s big upset darlings with 13-seed Furman and 15-seed Princeton looking to establish themselves as true Cinderellas by punching a ticket to the tournament’s second weekend.
The No. 1 seeds from the West Region (Kansas), Midwest Region (Houston) and South Region (Alabama) all face tough tests with their seasons on the line, and each has their own concerns about being able to perform to peak potential. Throw in the expansive reach that comes with programs like Duke, UCLA, Texas and Penn State, AND Saturday’s second round will demand the attention of sports fans everywhere regardless of how broken anyone’s bracket may be.
Here’s some of the biggest storylines to keep in mind for Saturday’s second-round action.
Princeton, Furman look to keep magical seasons alive
For the third season in a row, a 15 seed upset a 2 seed in first round of the NCAA Tournament. The last two — Oral Roberts in 2021 and Saint Peter’s in 2022 — won the next game and advanced to the Sweet 16. That’s now the challenge at hand for 15-seed Princeton, which broke the bracket open with its upset win against 2-seed Arizona on Thursday. Princeton has not reached the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded, with its best finish coming from a Final Four appearance in 1965. The Tigers do have Round of 32 appearances in 1983, 1996 and 1998 but lost in each of those games. Head coach Mitch Henderson was a Princeton player for the 1996 and 1998 teams, and now he’s looking to lead his alma mater to new tournament heights when the Tigers face 7-seed Missouri.
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Author : Chip Patterson
Publish date : 2023-03-18 01:18:29
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