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Navy's Buchter Heads to NCAA Diving Championship

21 March 2018

Do you one better. One, emotion has no place in filling out a serious bracket. Two, you somehow cheated. And I have seen incredible looks of disappointment or joy on the faces of people who don't even know what a five-second violation is. The diving trials and finals will begin following the swimming prelims Thursday through Saturday. In that case, I would suggest getting a Powerball ticket because you're guaranteed to win.

While not all of the eight matchups in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament stick out to the casual fan, all of them present intriguing individual showdowns. No. 5 Kentucky appears to be the favorite to get to the Final Four, but No. 7 Nevada may be the better bet.

If you look at the bracket now, the two sides of the bracket are very different.

The Wolverines will do their best to make sure the Aggies don't repeat the long-range shooting success they had against North Carolina - and MI is well-equipped to do the job.

Instead, the focus has been on his production on the court and his leadership off it. Allen is the team's second-leading scorer at 15.6 points per game. But if Trevon Duval is as engaged as he was in rounds 1 and 2, the Jayhawks won't stop the Devils.

This is what the Orange are going to have to do just to get to the national title game, assuming that seeds hold (LOL!): Beat Duke, beat Kansas and beat Villanova. "I pictured it ending with these guys having a huge smile on their face, but that's not college basketball". The upsets have been outstanding. For the first time, we saw a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed when UMBC shocked Virginia, the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance. However, a 16 seed beat the 1 seed in the South, so anything is possible. Jevon Carter finishes everything at the rim, makes the right decision consistently and has the mental makeup to put his team on his back when necessary. "That's a tribute to the way they play, they play super hard, they're a really talented offensive team, and there'll definitely be a lot of things we have to game plan for because they're definitely a tough matchup".

MI over Gonzaga. The truth: The Zags are more talented, are playing better and have more weapons.

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A total of 24 games went into overtime, four into double-overtime and only one had three OT periods.

The Blue Devils will need that suffocating defense to try and limit UConn's scoring output, as they now lead the nation at 89.8 points per game. Hernandez qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season.

Loyola Chicago and Syracuse were 11 seeds with a chance to reach the Sweet 16 with victories this weekend. The 68-team Division I men's basketball tournament is designed in a winner-takes-all format that is often filled with upsets - something that has been evident in this year's tournament. Duke, with its three freshman about to be taken in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft, is the best example this year. They are well-coached and have a shot to make some major noise.

Below are picks against the spread for every Sweet 16 game in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, as well as updated betting odds at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. The beat-down they handed out to Rhode Island had to get your attention, at least it did mine because I thought it would be a tight one.

Similar to Virginia and Arizona in the first round, a few top ranked teams were dominated in the second round. The Wildcats have experienced enough first-weekend disappointment that even its national championship from two seasons ago doesn't alleviate the nervousness. It was an ugly game.

The last team in another from the ACC in Clemson, who may have had the most shocking score result in their 84-53 win over Auburn.

UMBC's success story contributed to the messy, unprecedentedly jumbled bracket in the South Region, where the highest-remaining seed is No. 5 Kentucky. A second No. 1 went down, this time in the Second Round on Sunday when No. 9-seeded Florida State finished off a big-time rally to upset the Xavier Musketeers.

Navy's Buchter Heads to NCAA Diving Championship