Every March Madness Bracket Has Officially Been Busted

Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein seated courtside

Fellow ACC team Virginia opened as the tournament favorite, but the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round Friday night, falling hard to Maryland-Baltimore County.

But isn't this what makes March Madness so great? This marks the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a region will not feature its top four seeds at the Sweet 16.

From the minute they clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the dream is always there. They will face the Tigers (25-9), who are in their first NCAA Tournament since 2011 and their first Sweet 16 since 1997.

Before facing Virginia, however, the Cats were supposed to face fourth-seeded Arizona in the second round, but the Wildcats from the desert were also upset in the first round by 13th-seeded Buffalo, losing by 21 points. Another 13 seed defeated a No. 4 seed in a game in which we saw Marshall defeat Wichita State, which was a shocker.

While a No. 1 seed won it all in 2000 (Michigan State), the Final Four was as unlikely as you'd expect - it featured a 5-seed (Florida), and two 8-seeds (North Carolina and Wisconsin) to go along with the No. 1 seed Spartans. They could be headed for a meeting with No.3 MI in the Elite Eight. In the West, Xavier lost to Florida State.

No.4 Gonzaga is the favorite in the West.

No. 5 Kentucky vs. Loyola will play No. 7 Nevada on Thursday.

No. 2 Duke, the third favorite in some oddsmakers' books to win it all entering the field of 68, starts four freshmen.

No.1 Kansas isn't favored to win the Midwest.

No. 2 Purdue vs. When four 1's, four 2's, four 3's, a pair of 4's, a 5 and a 12 made the Sweet 16.

Kentucky's path to a Final Four may be the easiest slate a perennial powerhouse has seen on paper, needing a win over Kansas State then another over Loyola-Chicago/Nevada, but still this is the time of the year when what you think will happen often does not.

Now, while the likelihood of this year's Cinderella team, Loyola-Chicago, winning it all still would be more rare than perhaps winning the lottery, Sister Jean's impact has helped her team ramble on to the Sweet 16.

The NCAA Tournament is all about unexpected results happening, and a week after the field was 68 was announced, United Kingdom finds itself in an unexpected situation.

VCU had to win five games instead of the usual four to earn their spot in the National Semifinals since they were in the group of four teams forced to play their way into the regular bracket in Dayton.

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