We’re via two rounds of the NCAA Match and the Candy 16 is ready. Some themes for the match have already been established, and so they must do with conferences.
The Pac-12 has completely thrived up to now in March, whereas the Massive Ten and Massive 12 have fully bombed.
The Pac-12 entered the match with little respect.
USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado had been the one groups from the convention to make the Massive Dance. UCLA needed to defeat Michigan State in a play-in sport simply to achieve the sphere of 64. No workforce from the convention had increased than a 5 seed (Colorado). And right here we’re after the primary weekend, and 4 of their 5 groups have reached the Candy 16, which is twice as many as some other convention. The convention went a lot of the season with out groups ranked within the prime 25. They’re exhibiting that the pollsters slept on them badly.
In the meantime, the Massive Ten entered the NCAA Match with all of the hype. They’d a pair of No. 1 seeds (Michigan and Illinois), two No. 2 seeds (Iowa and Ohio State) and a No. 4 seed (Purdue). Michigan State was within the play-in sport, however apart from that, the worst seeds that they had had been two No. 10 seeds (Maryland and Rutgers). And the convention fully fell flat on its face.
Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois had been on the unsuitable ends of a number of the match’s largest upsets. Of their 9 colleges to make the sphere of 68, solely Michigan stays. That’s pathetic and exhibits the convention wasn’t as robust as believed.
The Massive 12 was believed to be a troublesome convention as effectively, however they’ve had a poor exhibiting too. Of their seven groups within the Massive Dance, solely No. 1 see Baylor stays. Texas was the massive embarrassment for the convention, as they misplaced within the first spherical to Abilene Christian. However the actually unhealthy performances for the convention got here within the second spherical. West Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma all misplaced within the second spherical. Oklahoma’s defeat to prime seed Gonzaga was anticipated, however the others (besides Tech) had been favored to win their video games. All of them misplaced, with the Jayhawks dragging issues down in an 85-51 shellacking from USC.
The Massive Ten and Massive 12 mixed to place 16 of the 68 groups within the match. Solely two of them made it to the Candy 16. That’s unhealthy. 4 of the 5 Pac-12 groups made it to the second weekend. That’s good.
Possibly the Pac-12 doesn’t make it any deeper than this. Possibly Baylor and Michigan make it to the Closing 4. However total, we’ve seen what these conferences have finished top-to-bottom this NCAA Match. The Massive Ten and Massive 12 flopped.