NCAA Men's Elite 8
This year's Elite 8 for the March Madness tournament is all set up and ready to go. By now, not a single bracket remains in tact with teams such as ORU and Syracuse causing upsets in the earlier rounds.
The Golden Eagles of ORU had their Cinderella run ended by Arkansas in a tight game which came down to the last shot. ORU's breakout star and the nation's leading scorer Max Abmas had a chance to win the game at the end with a three, but came up short.
In spite of that, Abmas became the only player since Stephen Curry to score 25+ points in his first 3 March Madness games, putting a stamp on what has been an unbelievable year for the sophomore. Arkansas who are now in the first Elite 8 since 1995, will face the number 1 seeded Baylor, who were able to handle Villanova in their Sweet 16 matchup with a lot more ease than Arkansas and ORU, beating the Wildcats 63 - 51 advancing to their first elite 8 since 2012.
The Midwest will see the team that is probably now classed as the 'Cinderella' of the tournament, The Oregon State Beavers. They're seeded 12th and beat the number 8 seed Loyola Chicago 65 - 58 to advance to their Elite 8 matchup against the number 2 seeded Houston, who handled Syracuse in a double digit victory, 62 - 46 to advance to their first elite 8 since 1984.
The East will see another lower ranked team, the UCLA Bruins who are seeded 11th take on the the number 1 seed, Michigan. UCLA are coming off an impressive overtime victory against Alabama, whom many expect to advance to the elite 8. The game was sent to OT when Alex Reese hit this deep three in the closing seconds of regulation but unfortunately in the end, it just wasn't enough.
Finally in the West, the Mobley Brothers and USC will take on probably the tournament favourites, the number 1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. USC advanced to the Elite 8 after a double digit victory against Oregon, whilst Gonzaga took care of business against Creighton.
This may not be the Elite 8 matchups that everyone expected, but it is definitely the March Madness that everyone expected. A lot of teams have been able to advance for the first time in years for their school and none of the coaches who are still in the tournament have ever won a national championship before, so the pressure only intensifies as the tournament progresses. Many kids are another step closer to achieving a part of their basketball dream that they've had since they were a kid: To Win March Madness.
The Elite 8 Begins tonight at 12AM GMT (around 7PM EST) with Oregon State taking on Houston, followed by Arkansas against Baylor at 02:45AM GMT. All games are available to watch on ESPN Player with a 7-day free trial.