The first week of March Madness was truly one for the ages. We saw countless upsets and every game seemed to be close. Here is a little guide for the teams who were lucky enough to move on to the Sweet Sixteen.

Editors Note: Use page indicators at the bottom to navigate between East, South, Midwest, West

East:

  1. North Carolina

How they got here:

North Carolina started off by handling number 16 seed FGCU fairly easily with a 83-67 win. Number 9 Providence kept it close until the half in their second game, but in the end UNC was able to overpower Kris Dunn and the Friars 85-66.

How far will they go?

The Tar Heels have yet to play a close game in the tournament, which could be good or could be bad. However, they have three veteran players in Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, and Brice Johnson who all have tournament experience and realize what it takes to win. I like UNC to win their Sweet Sixteen matchup with Indiana and I would be surprised if they didn’t make a trip to the final four. At this point, the Tar Heels should be a favorite to win it all.

5. Indiana

 How they got here:

Indiana survived the dreaded 5 vs. 12 matchup in the first round by beating Chattanooga 99-74. Then, they pulled off a sizeable upset by taking down perennial powerhouse Kentucky 73-67.

How far will they go?

The Hoosiers surprised many by beating Kentucky, but lets be honest, this Kentucky team was John Calipari’s worst he’s had in years. Yogi Farrell proved he can be a big time player, and Thomas Bryant emerged as a dominant force in the paint. Unfortunately, I think the Hoosiers’ run will end here in the Sweet Sixteen as they draw a matchup with North Carolina. Carolina is too experienced and too consistent. I like the Hoosiers to keep it close, but in the end it will be the Tar Heels who advance.

6. Notre Dame

How they got here:

Notre Dame beat play-in winner Michigan 70-63 in their first game of the tournament. Then, They survived a thrilling game against number 12 Stephen F. Austin, beating them 76-75.

How far will they go?

Notre Dame was in the conversation for an ACC title, but came up a little bit short in a loaded conference. They have a big time player in Zach Auguste and good role players in Steve Vasturia and Demetrius Jackson. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win their Sweet Sixteen matchup with Wisconsin, but I don’t see them getting by UNC in the Elite Eight. Still, they are a dangerous and streaky team that you should keep an eye on.

7. Wisconsin

How they got here:

Wisconsin beat 10 seed Pittsburgh in a disgusting 47-43 game in the first round. Then, they barely survived number 2 Xavier as Bronson Koenig hit a buzzer beating three from the corner to win the game for the Badgers.

How far will they go?

Wisconsin is not the same team that they were when they lost in the final just a year ago. They are inexperienced and have had the benefit of luck being on their side so far in the tournament. I don’t think they will get past Notre Dame in their Sweet Sixteen matchup, as it will be a classic case of the ACC overpowering the Big 10. However, it is worth keeping in mind that Wisconsin is a traditionally good tournament team.

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