In the first of two Sweet 16 games at FedEx Forum, fourth-seeded Butler was doing a lot of hat-tipping. The Tar Heels stormed to an awfully impressive 92-80 win over the Bulldogs to reach the Elite Eight. Joel Berry looked uninhibited by the ankle injury that dogged him in the tight win over Arkansas, and North Carolina looked like every bit of the title contender that it was heading into the NCAA tournament.
The Southeastern Conference is suddenly the king of college basketball. The SEC has three teams in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament – Florida and South Carolina will play each other for the right to reach the Final Four on Sunday, and Kentucky will play Atlantic Coast Conference power North Carolina. By seed, neither the No. 4 Gators nor the No. 7 Gamecocks were expected to get this far, which has added to the league’s surprising impact.
The third times the charm for Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.People said theyd never been, so how could they ever go? Well, the 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the 11 seed Xavier Musketeers 83-59 in the West Regional Final Saturday evening, and now the Zags