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NCAA Tournament Update and Notes

March 29, 2019

There are twelve teams remaining in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, none that made the final four/national semi-finals last season.

Last season Purdue was ousted in the “sweet sixteen/regional semis round by Texas Tech. Last night, both advanced to the Elite Eight/regional final round. Purdue won in overtime vs Tennessee while Texas Tech defeated Michigan.

Gonzaga, the top seed in the West and Virginia the South top seed, also advanced, the former avenging a loss in the same round to Florida State last season, the latter bidding for its first Final Four appearance in 35 years, when they face Purdue, itself bidding for a first such appearance in 39 years, in the regional final, on Saturday. Virginia won by four points, eliminating Oregon, which went (3-0) vs the point spread.

Last year’s champion, Villanova, was ousted in the second round on a Saturday (Purdue won vs them) for the second time in 3 seasons, however, “Nova” won it ALL in ’16 and ’18.

Texas Tech won last night vs Michigan to advance to a second straight regional final. Last season “Tech” lost in that round to Villanova.

Michigan made it to the final game last season, before they lost to Villanova.  Another final four team from last season, Kansas lost in the second round this season, to Auburn.

Last year’s surprise final four entrant, Loyola of Chicago, failed to qualify for this season’s NCAA Tournament.

 

 

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