Mercer lost to the none-conference likes of Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and even to that exciting team from last year Florida Gulf Coast (1x), then enter this tournament, with this stunning performance against Duke. They were the better team, much better shooting from them as a team, all their starters had double digits. Really great for the program, they're also moving from Atlantic Sun Conference to the Southern Conference next season which has better teams, good for their program.
As a Duke fan, I feel we'll perform like shit at the NCAA for a long period of time. Two first round losses is pretty bad, even if they were to solid teams. This latter loss is even worse considering there's two top level picks. If I was Parker and even Hood, I would stay another year in college to develop. Coach K should also go the Connecticut way for once and get some legitimate big man for once, some African guy lol like Connecticut usually does.
Pittsburgh destroyed Colorado by nearly 30 points. They're sending a message to Florida, Florida for sure won't underestimate them as they're a good program with a good coach, could go either way, but if Florida emerges it will probably be a narrow win.
Stephen F. Austin was a strange upset. I didn't see this one coming at all. They could make things interesting against UCLA or they could disappoint.
Dayton another university from Ohio defeats Ohio St. which does great for their confidence. Though I'm sure Syracuse will pull out.
Interesting enough both Oklahoma teams were knocked out. Arizona and San Diego St. are one game away each from a rematch.
Baylor and Creighton are looking good, though I will back Creighton to pull through.
Wisconsin should be able to handle Oregon.
The MidWest looks like its filled with excitement for the 2nd round with games that can easily go either way. Kentucky might look intimidating for Wichita St. given they have one of the best coaches in college basketball in Calipari who can even inspire the best even in his weaker college basketball teams (nearly surprised Florida in the final regular conference game). With that said Wichita St. will look at the tapes and take them very seriously.
Saint Louis has performed pretty solid this season. They lost to Wisconsin and Wichita State by small margins. Beat the likes of Dayton, Richmond, and VCU. Then lost 3 in a row to teams they beat earlier in the season which is bound to happen sometimes. Louisville has a better coach, but Louisville's performances in the regular season to the bigger teams was rather average. I think Saint Louis will surprise them.
The other two games are not as interesting but I'm sure Michigan will survive Texas.
Iowa State was one of those teams that could have gone on a deep run, but now that they lost a key player to a broken foot. Their chances will go down big time. They could now even lose to an average North Carolina next round.