All Four #1 Seeds Advance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and Join Three Double-Digit Seeds in the Sweet 16

The biggest news of the 2012 NCAA Tournament was that all four #1 seeds—Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State and Syracuse—made it through the first two brackets and into the Sweet 16.

Kentucky was impressive, beating #16 Western Kentucky by 15 and #8 Iowa State by 16. North Carolina was no less so, taking down #16 Vermont by 19 and #8 Creighton by 14. So far, these two teams are under control and on target.

The second story that could not be ignored was the fall of two #2 seeds in their opening games. Duke (the mighty Blue Devils with Coach K) was upset by #15 Lehigh, 75-70, and #2 Missouri (who many thought would be in the Final Four) was embarrassed by #15 Norfolk State, 86-84.

In the end, only two #2 seeds (Ohio State and Kansas) and only two #3 seeds (Marquette and Baylor) made it into the Sweet 16.

The third biggest story was that three double-digit seeds–#10 Xavier, #11 North Carolina State and #13 Ohio—are still in the heat of the battle for the national title.

Xavier had the easiest go of it, upsetting #7 Notre Dame and then polishing off #15 Lehigh. The Musketeers finished 3rd in the Atlantic 10, and then lost the Atlantic 10 tournament title to St. Bonaventure.

North Carolina State took out #6 San Diego State and then took down #3 Georgetown from the Big East. The Wolfpack was tied for 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and then lost the ACC tournament title to North Carolina.

Ohio had the toughest road to hoe, eliminating #4 Michigan from the Big Ten, and then beating #12 South Florida from the Big East to be among the coveted Sweet 16. The Bobcats finished 3rd in the Mid-American Conference (which few would know about if it weren’t for college football), and then got testy and upset league champion Akron for the tournament title, punching their ticket to the Big Dance.

There is nobody in the NCAA Tournament that comes from a less prestigious conference than Ohio. Good for the Bobcats, who will in all likelihood lose their Sweet 16 game to the #1 North Carolina Tar Heels. Should Ohio upset North Carolina, it would be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA history, since Ohio is a fly on the backside of North Carolina’s butt.

Top performances in the Third Round were turned in by Draymond Green of Michigan State (16 points and 13 rebounds), Kenny Frease of Xavier (25 points and 12 rebounds), and Kenny Boynton of Florida (20 points and 8 rebounds).

Top individual performers included 5 players from losing teams—Drew Gordon of New Mexico (21 points and 14 rebounds), Jordan Henriguez of Kansas State (14 points and 17 rebounds), Royce White of Iowa State (23 points and 9 rebounds), Festus Ezeil of Vanderbilt (14 points and 11 rebounds), and Robbie Hummel of Purdue (26 points and 9 rebounds).

So let the March Madness continue at its frantic, sometimes heart-stopping pace.

Here is the line-up for the Sweet 16 Regional Semifinals:

West Regional:

#1 Michigan State and #4 Louisville
#3 Marquette and #7 Florida

South Regional:

#1 Kentucky and #4 Indiana
#3 Baylor and #10 Xavier

East Regional:

#1 Syracuse and #4 Wisconsin
#2 Ohio State and #6 Cincinnati

Midwest Regional:

#1 North Carolina and #13 Ohio
#2 Kansas and #11 North Carolina State
 
In the Second Round of play, you wanted to be in the East Regional, where all 8 top-seeded teams won.  Next best was the West Regional, where 6 of the 8 top-seeds won. The worst loss was #2 Missouri getting upset by #15 Norfolk State, 86-84, led by Kyle O’Quinn’s 26 points and 14 rebounds. 

The Norfolk State Spartans came to play; the Missouri Tiger players didn’t give them squat for respect and ended up looking stupid and confused.

Norfolk State was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament champion. Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each added another 20 points for the Spartans, who made quite the splash as this was their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. They became only the fifth #15 seed in tournament history to beat a #2 seed.

The area you did not want to be in was the South and Midwest, where both regional competitions saw 4 of the 8 top-seeds get upset, the worst of which was #2 Duke getting upended by #15 Lehigh, 75-70, led by C. J. McCollum’s 30 points. Good grief, what’s up with Duke?

By winning, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks became only the sixth seed in tournament history to beat a #2 seed.

Lehigh got into March Madness by winning the Patriot League tournament, a league nationally that hardly anyone knows. Ditto the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Shame on Missouri and Duke; their players spent too much time reading press clippings about how great they were, and what they were going to do in the NCAA Tournament—what they did was go home after their first game.

Besides Duke, other teams to get upset in the South Regional included #5 Wichita State (by #12 Virginia Commonwealth 62-59), #6 UNLV (by #11 Colorado 68-64), and #7 Notre Dame (by #10 Xavier 67-63).

Among the really poor performers in the Midwest Regional were losers including #4 Michigan (upset by #13 Ohio 65-60, yes, Ohio, you heard right), #5 Temple (drilled by #12 South Florida 58-44), #6 San Diego State (whipped by #11 North Carolina 79-65), and #7 St. Mary’s (surprised by #10 Purdue of the Big Ten, 72-69).

Five teams in the Second Round won by 20 or more points—Florida by 26 over Virginia, Wisconsin by 24 over Montana, Gonzaga by 23 over West Virginia, Michigan State by 22 over LIU-Brooklyn, and Marquette by 20 over Brigham Young.

Top individual performers included a triple-double by Michigan State’s Draymond Green (24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists—big Dray had it going on), Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State (31 points and 12 rebounds), Jae Crowder of Marquette (25 points and 16 rebounds), Drew Gordon of New Mexico (18 points and 13 rebounds), Tyler Zeller of North Carolina (17 points and 15 rebounds), and Thomas Robinson of Kansas (16 points and 13 rebounds).

Also Royce White of Iowa State (15 points and 13 rebounds), Doug McDermott of Creighton (16 points and 10 rebounds), Andre Roberson of Colorado (12 points and 16 rebounds), Bradley Beal of Florida (14 points and 11 rebounds), Yancy Gates of Cincinnati (15 points and 10 rebounds), and Rodney McGruder of Kansas State (30 points),

How’s this for a stat from Second Round play—no less than 9 double-digit seeds made it to Third Round play. They included #15 Lehigh, #15 Norfolk State, #13 Ohio, #12 South Florida, #12 Virginia Commonwealth, #11 Colorado, #11 North Carolina State, #10 Purdue and #10 Xavier.

There were no overtime games in the First and Second Rounds of the tournament.

Here are the 2012 NCAA Tournament First Round Results:

Tuesday, March 13 Play-In Games:

#16 Western Kentucky eliminated #16 Mississippi Valley State 59-58
#14 Brigham Young eliminated #14 Iona 78-72

Wednesday, March 14 Play-In Games:

#16 Vermont eliminated #16 Lamar 71-59
#12 South Florida eliminated #12 California 65-54

Here are the 2012 NCAA Tournament Second Round Results:

Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16 Games:

West Regional:

#1 Michigan State eliminated #16 LIU-Brooklyn 89-67
#15 Norfolk State upset #2 Missouri 86-84
#3 Marquette eliminated #14 Brigham Young 88-68
#4 Louisville eliminated #13 Davidson 69-62
#5 New Mexico eliminated #12 Long Beach State 75-68
#6 Murray State eliminated #11 Colorado State 58-41
#7 Florida eliminated #10 Virginia 71-45
#9 Saint Louis upset #8 Memphis 61-54

South Regional:

#1 Kentucky eliminated #16 Western Kentucky 81-66
#15 Lehigh upset #2 Duke 75-70
#3 Baylor eliminated #14 South Dakota State 68-60
#4 Indiana eliminated #13 New Mexico State 79-66
#12 Virginia Commonwealth upset #5 Wichita State 62-59
#11 Colorado upset #6 UNLV 68-64
#10 Xavier upset #7 Notre Dame 67-63
#8 Iowa State eliminated #9 Connecticut 77-64

East Regional:

#1 Syracuse eliminated #16 NC-Asheville 72-65
#3 Florida State eliminated #14 St. Bonaventure 66-63
#2 Ohio State eliminated #15 Loyola-Maryland 78-59
#4 Wisconsin eliminated #13 Montana 73-49
#5 Vanderbilt eliminated #12 Harvard 79-70
#6 Cincinnati eliminated #11 Texas 65-59
#7 Gonzaga eliminated #10 West Virginia 77-54
#8 Kansas State eliminated #9 Southern Mississippi 70-64

Midwest Regional:

#1 North Carolina eliminated #16 Vermont 77-58
#2 Kansas eliminated #15 Detroit 65-50
#3 Georgetown eliminated #14 Belmont 74-59
#13 Ohio eliminated #4 Michigan 65-60
#12 South Florida upset #5 Temple 58-44
#11 North Carolina State upset #6 San Diego State 79-65
#10 Purdue upset #7 St. Mary’s 72-69
#8 Creighton eliminated #9 Alabama 58-57

Here are the 2012 NCAA Tournament Third Round Results:

Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18 Games:

West Regional:

#1 Michigan State eliminated #9 Saint Louis 65-61
#3 Marquette eliminated #6 Murray State 62-53
#4 Louisville eliminated #5 New Mexico 59-56
#7 Florida eliminated #15 Norfolk State 84-50

South Regional:

#1 Kentucky eliminated #8 Iowa State 87-71
#3 Baylor eliminated #11 Colorado 80-63
#4 Indiana eliminated #12 Virginia Commonwealth 63-61
#10 Xavier eliminated #15 Lehigh 70-58

East Regional:

#1 Syracuse eliminated #8 Kansas State 75-59
#2 Ohio State eliminated #7 Gonzaga 73-66
#6 Cincinnati upset #3 Florida State 62-56
#4 Wisconsin eliminated #5 Vanderbilt 60-57

Midwest Regional:

#1 North Carolina eliminated #8 Creighton 87-73
#2 Kansas eliminated #10 Purdue 63-60
#11 North Carolina State upset #3 Georgetown 66-63
#13 Ohio upset #12 South Florida 62-56

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