Monday, March 23, 2009
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The 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 bracket has pretty much no outsiders in it. The only double digit seed in the Sweet 16 is a traditional powerhouse and former national champion. The only other seed lower than a 4 in the NCAA Sweet 16 bracket is the champion of the Big 10 tournament. The2009 NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Filled with Powerhouses top 12 teams in the nation, a.k.a. all the 1-3 seeds, are all still alive in the Sweet 16. Despite all the favorites winning so far, most of them had to undergo a scare or two first before going to the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 bracket.
The only team to really dominate both of their NCAA Tournament games so far is Connecticut, from the West Region. Connecticut will have the first game in the Sweet 16 this week, on Thursday night at 7:07 in Glendale. Connecticut will take on the second lowest seeded team left, fifth seeded Purdue, which held off Northern Iowa and Washington.
The second Sweet 16 game on the bracket is from the East, where top seed Pittsburgh will be looking to avoid a third straight major scare in Boston. All that stands between the Panthers and a long awaited trip to the Elite 8 is Xavier, which has been to the Elite 8 twice in this decade.
To end the Thursday night Sweet 16 action in the East and West, Missouri and Memphis are expected to light up the scoreboard in West, while Duke and Villanova clash in the East.
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On Friday, the 2009 Sweet 16 bracket picture is complete in the South and Midwest. Louisville plays the first Sweet 16 game of the night in Indianapolis, against the "Cinderella" of the tournament, 12'th seeded Arizona. In the South, Oklahoma attempts to cool off Syracuse in Memphis.
At night, North Carolina attempts to stop Gonzaga from their first Elite 8 appearance since their rise to power began in 1999. Michigan State and Kansas cap off the Sweet 16 bracket at the same time.
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The term "upset" all but doesn't exist anymore in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, especially if the four number 1 seeds advance out of the Sweet 16 bracket. Every time a favored team has been tested - and they have, even though the final scores may not reflect it - they have pulled away by the end.
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Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Gonzaga and more have already been tested at least once in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, and marched on to the Sweet 16 portion of the bracket. Two more passed tests and they are on to Detroit for the final weekend.