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BSD Bracket Challenge: Second Round

The Sweet Sixteen is set

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional Practice Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like nothing has changed in the Wake Forest sports world since the last round of simulations, which can only mean that we need to kill more time with fake basketball games!

Midwest Region

We have a couple of minor upsets in the Midwest Region this time around. The 5th seeded Auburn Tigers took down the 4th seeded Wisconsin Badgers, and the 6th seeded Iowa Hawkeyes were able to get a solid 20 point win over the 3rd seeded Duke Blue Devils. Even though none of these games actually happened, it’s still nice to see Duke getting blown out.

East Region

The East came out exactly like the Midwest, with the 5 seed Butler taking down the 4 seed Maryland, and the 6 seed Penn St. upsetting the 3 seed Villanova. The Nittany Lions are rolling thanks to back to back double-doubles from Lamar Stevens, who is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds in the tournament so far. Dayton and FSU easily took care of business to advance to the Sweet Sixteen as well.

West Region

This West Region is upset city. Eastern Washington’s run is over, but the New Mexico State Aggies are moving on after beating Yale in the classic 12-13 seed matchup. The Arizona Wildcats managed to take down San Diego State, leaving Gonzaga as the only top 5 seed remaining in the region. Go ahead and burn your brackets now.

South Region

Things are also pretty crazy over in the South Region, as the 14 seed Bradley Braves continue their magical run into the Sweet Sixteen. Today I learned that Bradley’s mascot is a gargoyle named “Kaboom!,” so that’s pretty cool. Baylor and Louisville were able to advance fairly easily, while the 2 seed Creighton will be going home early.

Here are the Sweet Sixteen teams by conference:

  • SEC: 2
  • ACC: 2
  • Big-10: 2
  • Big-12: 2
  • PAC-12: 2
  • WCC: 2
  • A-10: 1
  • Big East: 1
  • MVC: 1
  • WAC: 1

And that’s all for Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. We will have to wait and see if the the Sweet Sixteen games will played this week, or if some breaking news delays for the time being. You can check your score here if you made a bracket.

Notable Performances from Round 2:

  • Udoka Azubuike (Kansas): 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks
  • Lamar Stevens (Penn State): 17 points, 11 rebounds
  • Trent Forrest (Florida State): 12 poitns, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals
  • Danya Kingsby (Bradley): 21 points on 8-12 shooting