N2K’s All-Time College Basketball Bracket Challenge: The Round of 32

Another day, another results article, this time for the Round of 32. We only have sixteen matchups to go through today and the winners will head to the Sweet Sixteen. Some major storylines for today’s action include the Fab Five against UNLV which easily could’ve both ended up in the championship but instead are facing off early in the tourney. Another storyline is whether or not the two 15 seeds that advanced from the Round of 64 (2011 BYU and 1992 Cincinnati) will be able to keep their unlikely run going, BYU faces off against 2013 National Champions Louisville and Cincinnati plays 1988 National Champions Kansas. So with all of that being said, here we go into today’s results.

EAST

Wisconsin 2015 vs UConn 2011

The Badgers led for the vast majority of this one. Frank Kaminsky recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while his partner in crime, Sam Dekker added another 23 points. As for UConn, nothing really went too well for them. Kemba Walker played pretty well until the last few minutes where he came alive. Cardiac Kemba took control of this one mounting a comeback with two minutes to play down by 6 in order to finish on top of the Badgers by a 5 point margin. Walker ended up with an unprecedented 37 points to knock out Wisconsin and the Huskies are the first to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Kentucky 2015 vs Michigan State 2012

Both the Wildcats and the Spartans are coming off of impressive wins in the Round of 64 but the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats are simply too deep. In order for the Spartans to continue in the tournament they would need undersized forward Draymond Green to go off against the defensive standout Willy Cauley-Stein of Kentucky. Draymond played well in a matchup that definitely wasn’t good for him finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds but Kentucky just has too many options. All of Kentucky’s starters had at least 10 points as they topped Michigan State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in a game against Kemba Walker’s UConn.

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Oklahoma 2016 vs Villanova 2016

Oddly enough, a rematch of the 2016 National Semifinal. In that semifinals matchup, Villanova ABSOLUTELY dominated the Sooners winning by a margin of over 40 points (not a typo). As for this game, Buddy Hield and the Sooners are rolling in hot after an exciting overtime win in the Round of 64. The Sooners are looking to change their fate against Villanova by winning or maybe at least by losing by less than 44 points this time. Hield did as much as he could, ending the game with 30 points but he could only carry the Sooners for so long until his back gave out. Villanova was an all-around better offensive weapon as every one of their starters scored at least double digits. Although this one was a little closer than the 2016 National Semifinal, the outcome was still the same and Villanova advances to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Louisville 2013 vs BYU 2011

Can BYU pull off another upset to make themselves an unlikely Sweet Sixteen team? It all depends on the play of Jimmer Fredette. The 2013 Louisville Cardinals were National Champions for a reason so Fredette and the Cougars have their hands full. Fredette was making a last minute push for the win but due to intentionally fouling late in the game, Fredette ended up fouling out and that left Jackson Emery to throw up the last second three-pointer to send this one to overtime. Emery’s shot didn’t find the bottom of the net so BYU’s hopes of another upset came to an end while Louisville keeps dancing thanks to 20 points from guard Russ Smith. One can only imagine how this one would’ve ended if Jimmer Fredette didn’t foul out.

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WEST

Duke 2001 vs Maryland 2002

Duke 2001 is clearly a heavy favorite to advance deep into this All-Time Bracket so the Blue Devils can’t get upset due to taking any games too lightly. At first, this Terrapin’s matchup seemed like a close one with Coach K’s roster but the Blue Devils started out flat. By the second half, Jay Williams, Shane Battier and the rest of the Blue Devils woke up and left no doubt in this one. Williams ended up with 25 points and 7 assists while Battier had 23 points and 9 boards. As for Maryland, guard Juan Dixon finished with 20 points and forward Lonny Baxter had 15 points and 8 rebounds.

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UMass 1996 vs UConn 1996

Both of these teams come from the 1996 collegiate basketball season but never faced off during the season. This installment of the Minutemen and the Huskies made for perhaps the most entertaining matchup thus far in the All-Time Bracket. Needing double overtime, the Minutemen were finally able to top the UConn Huskies led by NBA legend Ray Allen. Allen hit clutch shots at the end of regulation and the first OT in order to force the tie and more gametime. Allen finished with a whopping 38 points but the Minutemen’s Marcus Camby recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds to help UMass to victory. Donta Bright and Dana Dingle both accounted for 18 points each in the double overtime effort. UMass looks to take on 2001 Duke in the Sweet Sixteen.

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Arizona 2003 vs Kansas 1997

This Round of 32 game was a battle of the benches since the starting lineups were not really too offensively effective, outside of Kansas forward Raef LaFrentz who had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Small forwards Andre Iguodala of Arizona and Paul Pierce of Kansas defended each other every successfully, the two of them only combining to score 16 points. Kansas center added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds but the fate of Arizona’s tournament chances came down to the touch of Channing Frye who couldn’t finish a layup as the buzzer sounded that Pollard contested. The 14 seed in the West moves onto the Sweet Sixteen where they’ll play either 1995 UCLA or 1996 Kentucky.

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UCLA 1995 vs Kentucky 1996

Yet another high scoring affair UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon, Kentucky’s Tony Delk and Antoine Walker all finished with at least 20 points. Although the production and chemistry of the O’Bannon brothers created some mystery with this one, maybe leading the Bruins to a Round of 32 upset over Kentucky. Kentucky forward Antoine Walker won his positional matchup against UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon be out-rebounding him 11 to 8. Once the Wildcats and more specifically center Walter McCarty got going offensively there was no looking back. Kentucky soared to a 12 point victory, hanging 97 points against a strong UCLA team.

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MIDWEST

Michigan 1989 vs Seton Hall 1993

Yet another high scoring game, Seton Hall after a big win against 1990 Georgia Tech was looking to prove why they belong in the All-Time Bracket Challenge. The Pirates longing to prove themselves ran into a quick roadblock in the Round of 32, in the form of 1989 National Champion Michigan Wolverines led by forward Glen Rice. For Seton Hall, they rely on the play of guard Terry Dehere who was able to muster up 23 points in this one against the Wolverines. Rice countered Dehere with 30 points and 7 rebounds of his own. Michigan owns the 1 seed in a stacked quarter of the bracket and the Wolverines will look to advance to the Elite Eight against either 1992 Duke or 1993 Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen.

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Duke 1992 vs Kansas 1993

It was a battle of the big men with Christian Laettner of Duke and Eric Pauley of Kansas, the pair combined for 26 rebounds and 56 points. Both Laettner and Pauley finished with double-doubles and tournament highs in both points and rebounds. The Blue Devils and Jayhawks put on quite the show as this one went to overtime. In overtime, Duke forward Grant Hill accounted for 6 of Duke’s 10 points helping the Blue Devils to victory. The polarizing Laettner ended up fouling out late in overtime but still earned his 34 points and 11 rebounds nonetheless. Coach K and Duke will take on the 1989 Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet Sixteen.

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UNLV 1990 vs Michigan 1993

Now the Round of 32 matchup that I think everybody has been looking forward to, the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV against the Fab Five of Michigan. Both teams are extremely capable of making a deep run into the All-Time Bracket but only one will be able to advance past the Round of 32. Chris Webber and the Fab Five didn’t play bad but their defense was not effective. Webber finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds only to be outdone by forward Larry Johnson from UNLV who ended with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Runnin’ Rebels outrebounded the Wolverines which led to many scoring chances, UNLV grabbed 46 rebounds while Michigan only managed to secure 31. Behind the play of Johnson, David Butler, Anderson Hunt and Stacey Augmon the Rebels knocked off the Fab Five themselves to head to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Kansas 1988 vs Cincinnati 1992

The Bearcats upset an extremely talented UNC team in the Round of 64, and Cincinnati is looking to keep dancing and make the Sweet Sixteen as a 15 seed. As for the Kansas Jayhawks, behind the play of Archie Marshall and Danny Manning they were able to get past the 1987 National Champion Indiana Hoosiers. Cincinnati definitely isn’t messing around and here they got a convincing win over the Jayhawks. Bearcat guard Anthony Buford had 18 points while forward Herb Jones put together 21 points and 8 rebounds. The Jayhawks just couldn’t get any sort of offense going, as the only starter to score about 10 points was forward Danny Manning who finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The Bearcats will look to face powerhouse UNLV in the Sweet Sixteen.

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SOUTH

UNC 2005 vs Florida 2007

This one was a faceoff of two National Champions and it only seems fitting that it would come down to one shot. Both the Gators and the Tar Heels are both rosters with deep lineups and in this game, every starter on both sides scored double digit points. Tar Heel center Sean May won his positional matchup over Florida’s Joakim Noah since May totalled 18 points and 11 rebounds. As for the game itself, Tar Heel guard Raymond Felton had the ball with the opportunity to take the last shot and send UNC to the Sweet Sixteen. As Felton drove to the basket with the final seconds ticking down, he kicked a pass out to guard Rashad McCants who drilled a clutch three-pointer for the lead and the win. The Tar Heels will face either 2007 Texas or 2008 Xavier in the Sweet Sixteen.

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Texas 2007 vs Xavier 2008

Two very different philosophies in this one between a very well-rounded lineup from the Musketeers to the star driven offense with the Longhorns and Kevin Durant. The Longhorns and Musketeers matched up exceptionally well and had an incredibly back-and-forth game. The Musketeers had the lead with under five seconds left to play, but Kevin Durant had the ball ready to take the last shot. Durant got a size mismatch and was being guarded by CJ Anderson of Xavier, Durant backed Anderson into the post and even got double-teamed only to drill a heavily contested turnaround jumper at the buzzer. The Longhorn fans rushed the court and the Xavier players began to walk off the court with regret but the referees waved off the points saying that Durant’s shot came after the buzzer. So our most controversial matchup so far in the tournament sends Xavier to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Marquette 2003 vs Ohio State 2007

The South corner of the bracket has not disappointed in terms of gameplay, so far there have been two one point margin of victories and why not add another one. The main headline in this game were the guard-center combos of both teams, Dwyane Wade and Robert Jackson of Marquette and Mike Conley and Greg Oden of Ohio State. Both teams played extremely well but this one came down to pure fundamentals. Greg Oden got fouled on a would-be game tying layup but he missed due to the contact and was sent to the free throw line for two shots. Oden made his first shot but missed his second and the rebound was grabbed by Golden Eagle Robert Jackson as the game ended.

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UCLA 2008 vs Duke 2010

Unfortunately, the one-point win trend ends here, but this UCLA and Duke faceoff needed an overtime period to decide a winner. The 2010 Duke team is no doubt a strong one, but the 2008 UCLA lineup is too deep including Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook. Kevin Love got the best of his positional matchup Brian Zoubek, Love finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Zoubek only had 8 points and 10 boards. When the game got to overtime, UCLA shooting guard Darren Collison left no doubt as he scored 6 of his game’s 15 in the OT period alone to send the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen.

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What did you think of today’s games? How did you bracket do? Keep on checking in with our All-Time Bracket Challenge and be on the look out for the Sweet Sixteen results that gets released tomorrow. The rest of our result releasing schedule is as follows…

3:00PM MARCH 8, 2017- SWEET SIXTEEN
3:00PM MARCH 9, 2017- ELITE EIGHT
3:00PM MARCH 10, 2017- FINAL FOUR
3:00PM MARCH 11, 2017- CHAMPIONSHIP

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