With Kansas being one of the more vulnerable top seeds left in the tournament, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils could find themselves knocking on the door of yet another Final Four appearance if they can get past No. 11 Syracuse and beat the victor of No. 1 Kansas vs. The Blue Devils defeated the Orange, 60-44, in the regular season and are heavy favorites heading into this rematch. Should the Wildcats advance, they will next play either No. 2 seed Purdue or No. 3 seed Texas Tech.
West Virginia's full-court press and aggressive style of play could cause a team like Villanova fits, but if the Wildcats can get past West Virginia unscathed, the road to the Final Four becomes a lot easier.
Kentucky freshman guard Quade Green celebrates after a basket during the game against Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton would be a good person to ask, as his No. 9-seed Seminoles stunned No. 1-seed Xavier with a 75-70 win Sunday night. Now Big Ten champion MI headlines the quartet in Los Angeles. The third-seeded Wolverines will face seventh-seeded Texas A&M in one semifinal, with fourth-seeded Gonzaga facing ninth-seeded Florida State in the other game.
No.4 Gonzaga is the favorite in the West.
"I think what you see happening in college basketball, it's nearly like a revolution", Hamilton said after the game, via ESPN.com. "And what happens is you start categorizing people by the reputation that their players get going into college". So the games in Atlanta will now be headlined by 5-seed Kentucky (26-10).
The allure of March Madness is possibly greater than it has ever been for a tournament that has always been widely loved.
Then in the final against heavily favored, top-seeded UCONN, George Mason rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to force overtime and won it 86-84 for their first appearance in the Final Four.
Loyola-Chicago is the Cinderella team of this year's tournament now that University of Maryland, Baltimore County is out of the Big Dance. Another 13 seed defeated a No. 4 seed in a game in which we saw Marshall defeat Wichita State, which was a shocker. The Wolf Pack faces No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (30-5), which advanced against No. 6 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Tennessee on final-seconds shots. Loyola will play No. 7 Nevada on Thursday.
Reason for this being the highest probable upset is because there aren't many teams left in the tournament that a loss would be defined as an "upset".