March Madness Conference Representatives: Sweet Sixteen Update


As previously promised, I updated the original March Madness Conference Representatives list and man have things changed. This year was definitely the year to decide to create a list like this. We’ve gotten through two round of March Madness so far and while upsets are fairly common every year, 2018 is like no other. To put it in simply, a number 1 seed lost to a 16 seed team for the first time ever and Loyola-Chicago is now set to play Nevada to advance to the Elite Eight. People thought it would be hard to explain to their children about Donald Trump becoming president but imaging trying to explain to little Jimmy when you’re flying him to school on Mars in a Tesla spaceship about the time the Mountain West runner-ups, Nevada, took on the Missouri Valley “powerhouse” Loyola.

Little Jimmy: “Oh that rich hipster school in New Orleans?”
You: “No Jimmy, the other one, in Chicago.”

Like we discussed in the original post, having a conference to cheer for is important during the tournament and that importance only increases as the tournament continues. If you’re a PAC fan it’s been a pretty terrible March for you (other than the fact that you get to enjoy the west coast weather). Not only did just one of your teams actually make the tournament but you’re golden boy team with the chosen one, DeAndre Ayton, got knocked out in the first round. The AAC and the Atlantic 10 both got their three teams knocked out before the Sweet Sixteen which collectively destroyed a lot of brackets. The Big East proved to be a little over-hyped as only one of their original six teams advanced to the sixteen. The Big 12 still has four teams left with two of their last-second entry teams getting knocked out in round one (like said would happen). Although their 1 seed team became the first ever knocked out in round one, the ACC is still proving why they are known as a basketball school with Syracuse going on an unexpected run.

ACC: 4 Teams

2 Duke, 5 Clemson, 9 Florida State, 11 Syracuse

Teams Out: 1 Virginia, 2 UNC, 6 Miami, 8 Virginia Tech, 9 NC State

Big 12: 4 Teams
1 Kansas, 3 Texas Tech, 5 West Virginia, 9 Kansas State

Teams Out: 6 TCU, 10 Texas, 10 Oklahoma

SEC: 2 Teams
5 Kentucky, 7 Texas A&M

Teams Out: 4 Auburn, 6 Florida, 7 Arkansas, 8 Missouri, 9 Alabama, 10 Tennessee

Big Ten: 2 Teams
2 Purdue, 3 Michigan

Teams Out: 3 Michigan State, 5 Ohio State

Big East: 1 Team
1 Villanova

Teams Out: 1 Xavier, 8 Creighton, 8 Seton Hall, 10 Providence, 10 Butler

MWC: 1 Team
7 Nevada

Teams Out: 11 SDSU

West Coast: 1 Team
4 Gonzaga

Missouri Valley: 1 Team (seriously)
11 Loyola-Chicago

Conferences Out

AAC: 2 Cincinnati, 4 Wichita State, 6 Houston
Atlantic 10: 7 Rhode Island, 11 St. Bonaventure, 12 Davidson
PAC 12: 4 Arizona
WAC: 12 New Mexico State
Summit League: 12 South Dakota State
Ohio Valley: 12 Murray State
Southern: 13 UNCG
Conference-USA: 13 Marshall
Colonial Atlantic: 13 College of Charleston
Mid-American: 13 Buffalo
Horizon League: 14 Wright State
Southland: 14 Stephen F. Austin
Patriot League: 14 Bucknell
Big Sky: 14 Montana
Sun Belt: 15 Georgia State
Big West: 15 Cal State Fullerton
Atlantic Sun: 15 Lipscomb
Metro Athletic Atlantic: 15 Iona
Ivy: 16 Penn
American East: 16 UMBC
Big South: 16 Radford
SWAC: 16 Texas Southern


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