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March Madness: The best and worst of everything from Sweet 16 Friday


March Madness is well underway and Sweet 16 Friday brought even more excitement to the tournament. From buzzer-beaters to blowouts, the day was full of unforgettable moments. But with the good comes the bad, and there were also some disappointing performances. In this article, we will take a look at the best and worst of everything from Sweet 16 Friday, including standout players, surprising upsets, and disappointing defeats.

March Madness: The Best and Worst of Everything from Sweet 16 Friday

The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament is one of the most exciting weekends in Sports. With so much on the line, the best and worst of everything is on display. From buzzer-beaters to blowouts, upsets to disappointing performances, here are the highlights and lowlights from Sweet 16 Friday.

The Best:

1. Oral Roberts shocks the world and advances to the Elite Eight
Heading into their matchup against Arkansas, nobody gave 15-seed Oral Roberts a chance. However, the Golden Eagles put on a show, led by Kevin Obanor’s 28 points and 11 rebounds. In the end, Oral Roberts pulled off the upset, becoming just the second 15-seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Elite Eight.

2. Gonzaga dominates Creighton
The undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs continued their impressive run, dominating Creighton en route to a 23-point victory. Corey Kispert led the way with 17 points, while Drew Timme added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

3. UCLA upsets Alabama in overtime
The 11th-seeded UCLA Bruins pulled off an upset over 2-seed Alabama in a thrilling overtime game. Johnny Juzang had a game-high 28 points, and the Bruins sealed the victory with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch.

The Worst:

1. Houston wins ugly against Syracuse
Houston’s 10-point victory over Syracuse was far from pretty. The Cougars struggled offensively, shooting just 29.4% from three-point range and committing 11 turnovers. However, their defense was able to hold Syracuse to just 46 points, allowing them to advance to the Elite Eight.

2. Michigan struggles against Florida State
2-seed Michigan had a tough time against 4-seed Florida State, shooting just 36.5% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. The Wolverines’ struggles on offense allowed Florida State to keep the game close until the final buzzer, with Michigan holding on for a 4-point victory.

3. USC routs Oregon
Oregon had no answer for the USC Trojans, who dominated from start to finish. USC shot an impressive 57.1% from the field, and Evan Mobley recorded 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the blowout victory.

Overall, Sweet 16 Friday provided plenty of excitement and drama, with upsets, blowouts, and thrilling finishes. As the tournament moves into the Elite Eight, the nation will be watching to see which teams will continue to rise to the occasion and which ones will fall short.


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