NCAA Tournament Watch: Sweet Sixteen has some surprising teams

Joanna Estrada
March 20, 2018

Kentucky defeated Buffalo 95-75.

The regular season was truly a foreshadowing of what the NCAA Tournament would bring. United Kingdom has been declared favorites due to their impressive play as of recent, but also because of a string of upsets that all took place in the South Region.

1 seed Kansas will face No. 5 seed Clemson, while No. 2 seed Duke will take on No. 11 seed Syracuse.

With just 16 teams left, though, who is the best of the bunch?

Before facing Virginia, however, the Cats were supposed to face fourth-seeded Arizona in the second round, but the Wildcats from the desert were also upset in the first round by 13th-seeded Buffalo, losing by 21 points.

The bracket is an even bigger mess in the South. Fifth-seeded Kentucky will face ninth-seeded Kansas State in the Sweet 16, while seventh-seeded Nevada will take on 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago. The team's loss to UMBC marked the first time a 1-seed has lost to a 16-seed in the opening round, ESPN reports. Getting to the Final Four certainly won't be easy when looking at how tough the East Region is shaping out to be, but if Villanova can escape Boston with two more wins to earn another trip to the Final Four for the second time in three seasons, they're going to be hard to pick against in San Antonio.

In order to reach San Antonio, the Cats will need to beat Kansas State, then the victor of Nevada/Loyola-Chicago.

The UMBC upset also ruled out any overall victor for this year's Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway contest, which offers $1 million-a-year for life (and $2 million should home-state teams Creighton or Nebraska win, MarketWatch reports) for any of Buffet's employees who correctly predicts all the winners for the first two rounds during March Madness. With that, plus an unexpected set of opponents, United Kingdom has a good chance of making the Final Four.

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