The actual NCAA Tournament has been canceled, but Sporting News is still offering the chance to pick upsets and virtually watch your favorite teams advance, round-by-round to the Final Four.
We are now through the first weekend of what would have been the 2020 edition of March Madness, and it’s chalky — no double-digit seeds remain after Round 2. We did see a couple of 5-seeds beat 4-seeds in Sunday’s action, if that counts for anything.
MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Playing out full schedule, scores for 2020 NCAA Tournament
That said, this is based off your votes, so we’ll continue breaking it down as we advance to the Sweet 16, voting for which will resume on Thursday:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8 Colorado
Your vote: Gonzaga wins, 90.1 percent to 9.9 percent
Thoughts: You seem to like Gonzaga a lot; the Zags are the only team to get more than 90 percent of the vote in each of the first two rounds. And that makes sense: They’re deep, balanced and have a big guy in the middle who is very difficult to stop.
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Auburn
Your vote: Auburn wins, 52.9 to 47.1
Thoughts: This is the biggest upset of the second round (spoiler: tied for the biggest upset), which isn’t saying much. I’m a little disappointed in y’all. No double-digit Cinderella teams, no middling seeds pulling off the big upset. Oh well. Oregon guard Payton Prichard could have been a March Madness star, but you sent him home before the second weekend.
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 6 BYU
Your vote: Maryland wins, 67.6 to 32.4
Thoughts: Not even Jimmer Fredette could have helped the Cougars here.
No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 10 Arizona State
Your vote: SDSU wins, 80.4 to 19.6
Thoughts: This would have been a wonderful matchup between guard Remy Martin of Arizona State and Malachi Flynn of SDSU, and we refuse to believe it would have been a blowout from the opening tip (as you all seem to think with that wide margin of victory for SDSU). So we’re going to imagine that Martin had 17 points and five or six assists at halftime, countering Flynn’s 13 and seven, with ASU earning a one-point lead. But Martin went down with an injury, let’s say, and Flynn took over the game. That’s why the margin of victory you voted for was so very wide.
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No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 8 LSU
Your vote: Baylor wins, 85.3 to 14.7
Thoughts: LSU could be very hit-and-miss this year, and after hitting in the opening round — you had them rout USC — this one was a miss, as often happens in the second game of an NCAA Tournament weekend.
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Virginia
Your vote: Virginia wins, 50.4 to 49.6
Thoughts: Here’s the other “upset” of the second round, another 5 over a 4. Big, massive upset. Almost as big as the time Virginia lost to UMBC. Almost.
No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 11 Texas Tech
Your vote: Kentucky wins, 69.2 to 30.8
Thoughts: Texas Tech competed against teams with more size and athleticism all year, but this is a Kentucky team that learned how to win games. That loss to Evansville crushed the Wildcats’ resume, but taught valuable lessons that helped the Wildcats put Tech away.
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 10 Florida
Your vote: Villanova wins, 79.9 to 20.1
Thoughts: This would have been a disappointing end to a “meh” season for the Gators, who were No. 6 in the preseason AP Top 25. For the most part, they lost to the good teams and beat the bad teams (well, most of them). With that track record, there wasn’t much of a reason to think they would have competed with Villanova in this one.
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