No seed lower than 12 makes 2nd round for 1st time in a decade

Posted: 18/03/2017 in NCAA, Sports
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If one word could describe the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament, it would be: chalk. Upsets have been few and far between, and a few of the lower-seeded teams that did win (Middle Tennessee, Wichita State, Rhode Island) were actually Vegas favorites to begin with.

As a result, no team seeded worse than 12 advanced past the first round for the first time since 2007, with the Blue Raiders serving as the only 12-seed to move on to the tournament’s first weekend.

In comparison, three teams seeded 13 or lower made their way to the second round last season, including Middle Tennessee, which became only the eighth 15-seed to beat a No. 2 in tournament history.

The one saving grace for double-digit seeds this year was the play of the 11-seeds, as Rhode Island, Wichita State, and Xavier all managed to beat the 6-seeds in their regions. The lack of upsets may have limited the drama during the opening round, but on the bright side, with all this talent moving on, the second round provides a bevy of highly anticipated matchups.

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