The first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament had its share of surprising upsets, most notably Kansas, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional, falling to Northern Iowa, 69-67, Saturday.

 

The first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament had its share of surprising upsets, most notably Kansas, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional, falling to Northern Iowa, 69-67, Saturday.
Meanwhile, the other three top seeds, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke moved on to the Sweet 16 this week.
Kentucky made mincemeat out of Wake Forest, 90-60, in the East Regional, sending a signal to powerhouses like Duke that the Wildcats mean business.
Syracuse hammered Gonzaga, 87-65, in the West Regional, while Duke had a tougher time with California, 68-53, in the South Regional.
Baylor put away Old Dominion, 76-68, to face St. Mary’s, another tournament surprise, that clipped Virginia, 75-68.
The last time Baylor won a NCAA tournament game before Thursday – 1950 – Harry Truman was president and Americans were engaged in the Korean conflict.
Either way, Baylor or St. Mary’s will get to move on to the South Regional championship game next Sunday.
Duke is the likely opponent although Purdue could have something to say about that when the Boilermakers take on the Blue Devils Friday.
Purdue struggled to get past the so-so Texas A&M Aggies, 63-61.
New Mexico, the No, 3 seed in the East Regional, fell to lowly Washington, 82-64.
The Big Red of Cornell showed some muscle in manhandling the Big Ten’s Wisconsin, 87-69.
Kansas State ousted Brigham Young, 84-72, to move on in the West Regional.
At the very least, K-State has outlasted tradition-rich Kansas in the tournament.

This week’s pairings are as follow:
    
  Midwest Regional

Northern Iowa vs. Michigan State.
Tennessee vs. Ohio State.
    
      West Regional

Syracuse vs. Butler
Xavier vs. Kansas State

    East Regional

Cornell vs. Kentucky
Washington vs. West Virginia

    South Regional

 Duke vs. Purdue
 Baylor vs. St. Mary’s