Almost-upsets set stage for Sweet 16

I told-ya-so Department:

North Carolina needed a jumper from Jamie Cherry at the buzzer to beat Ohio State, 86-84.

Arizona State rallied from 16 down to top Arkansas-Little Rock, 57-54.

Maryland’s dominance ends Princeton’s unbeaten season:

Terps 85, Tigers 70. This is may be one game where I don’t feel bad for the losers. You just can’t be down on yourselves if you’re Princeton. And Maryland is freaking awesome.

Thrashings:

Connecticut 91, Rutgers 55.

Florida State 65, FGCU 47.

More results:

Tennessee downed Pitt, 77-67.

Stanford handled Oklahoma, 86-76.

Louisville defeated South Florida, 60-52.

So the regional brackets are set.

Albany:

Connecticut vs. Texas

Louisville vs. Dayton

Greensboro:

South Carolina vs. North Carolina (oh, the irony)

Arizona State vs. Florida State

Spokane:

Maryland vs. Duke

Gonzaga vs. Tennessee

Oklahoma City:

Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Iowa vs. Baylor

We take a three-day recovery timeout, and the Madness begins again Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I do need a timeout. I’ve watched a looooot of basketball the last four days.

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