The first round is over, but the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament is far from finished. The second round takes place on March 18 and 19, so vote for the teams you think will make it to the Sweet 16!
The first round of the March Madness tournament went by without a lot of drama. Teams like Villanova, Louisville, Arizona, North Carolina and others got by without any hassle. However, with the field now cut in half, the chances for an upset grow bigger.
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The second round has some interesting matches. Bill Murray’s favorite in the tournament, Xavier, faces Florida State. Bill’s son happens to be on the coaching staff, while Julia Luis-Dreyfus, 56, is a big fan of Northwestern because her son, Charlie, is in the tournament. Northwestern might not be in March Madness for long, as they’re going up one of the teams projected to win the whole thing – the Gonzaga Bulldogs!
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Wisconsin Badgers Vs. Villanova Wildcats
Northwestern Wildcats Vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Xavier Musketeers Vs. Florida State Seminoles
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Vs. Butler Bulldogs
Saint Mary’s Gaels Vs. Arizona Wildcats
Virginia Cavaliers Vs. Florida Gators
Iowa State Cyclones Vs. Purdue Boilermakers
Michigan Wolverines Vs. Louisville Cardinals
Wichita State Shockers Vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Michigan State Spartans Vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Arkansas Razorbacks Vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Rhode Island Rams Vs. Oregon Ducks
USC Trojans Vs. Baylor Bears
South Carolina Gamecocks Vs. Duke Blue Devils
Cincinnati Bearcats Vs UCLA Bruins
The only major drama of the opening round happened between Seton Hall and Arkansas. In the final 20 seconds of the game, Seton’s Desi Rodriguez attempted to foul Jaylen Barford. Desi placed tow hands on Jaylen, according to the Washington Post, but ended up tripping the Arkansas player.
Instead of just being a foul, which is commonplace at the closing seconds of the game, the refs called a Flagrant 1 Foul. Jaylen was given two free throws. He sunk both and that ultimately led Arkansas to a 77-71 victory. Will something like that doom another team’s hopes of March Madness glory in the second round?
Who do you want to win the NCAA Tournament, HollywoodLifers?