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NCAA Tournament winners, losers: Paladins break UVA's heart; playing Sasser will haunt Houston

NCAA Tournament winners, losers: Paladins break UVA's heart; playing Sasser will haunt Houston

In college basketball, the NCAA Tournament has seen its fair share of upsets and surprises, leaving some teams overjoyed and others heartbroken. Here are some highlights from the tournament so far:

Winners:

  • Furman Paladins: The Paladins, who had never won an NCAA Tournament game before, pulled off a stunning upset over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round. Virginia, who won the tournament in 2019, was heavily favored to win the game, but Furman hung tough and pulled off a 62-60 victory. The win was particularly sweet for Furman's seniors, who had never beaten an ACC team before.

  • Oral Roberts Golden Eagles: Another 15th-seeded team, Oral Roberts shocked the college basketball world by knocking off second-seeded Ohio State in the first round. The Golden Eagles, who hail from a small school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed that up with an upset over Florida in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.

  • Loyola Chicago Ramblers: The Ramblers, who famously made a Cinderella run to the Final Four in 2018, are back in the tournament and making noise once again. Led by senior center Cameron Krutwig, Loyola has cruised to victories over Georgia Tech and Illinois, both higher-seeded teams. The Ramblers' defense has been particularly impressive, holding Illinois to just 58 points in the second round.

Losers:

  • Virginia Cavaliers: As mentioned earlier, Virginia was upset by Furman in the first round, marking the second time in three years that the Cavaliers have been knocked out in the first round. Virginia was hampered by injuries and COVID-19 protocols throughout the season, but was still considered one of the top teams in the country.

  • Houston Cougars: Houston was a popular pick to make a deep run in the tournament, but the Cougars were stunned by 11th-seeded Syracuse in the second round. Houston struggled to get anything going offensively, shooting just 28% from the field and 17% from beyond the arc. The Cougars' loss was made even more painful by the fact that they were missing one of their top players, guard Marcus Sasser, who was out with an injury.

  • Ohio State Buckeyes: Like Virginia, Ohio State was upset by a 15th-seeded team in the first round, falling to Oral Roberts in overtime. The Buckeyes had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a shot at the buzzer. Ohio State had a solid season overall, finishing with a 21-10 record, but the loss to Oral Roberts will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Buckeyes.

Overall, the NCAA Tournament has been full of surprises and drama, with more upsets sure to come as the tournament continues.

 

In college basketball, the NCAA Tournament has seen its fair share of upsets and surprises, leaving some teams overjoyed and others heartbroken. Here are some highlights from the tournament so far:

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