ACC bust, Vil­lanova loss jum­ble bracket

Here’s a look at up­dated Fi­nal Four paths for top teams left in each re­gion.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Aaron Beard NCAA con­tin­ue­don ALSO IN­SIDE

The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence’s strong reg­u­lar sea­son only stood to set up a first-week­end flame­out in the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Re­gion’s No. 1 seed was for- tu­nate to sur­vive a se­cond-round game against Arkansas to get there.

Still, top seeds Gon­zaga, Kansas and UNC head­line a re­gional round fea­tur­ing 12 of the top 16 seeds, two more than last sea­son.

The rest of the top con­fer­ences fared much bet­ter than the ACC. The Pac-12 is 8-1 and the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence is 7-2 so far, join­ing the Big 12 (8-3) and Big Ten (8-4) with three Sweet 16 teams each.

Here are the Fi­nal Four paths for the top teams left in each re­gion:


This is the only bracket with the top four seeds still alive, so the Tar Heels’ path looks the same as it did on Se­lec­tion Sun­day.

UNC (29-7) needed a game-clos­ing 12-0 run to rally past the eighth­seeded Ra­zor­backs. Now the Tar Heels meets fourth-seeded But­ler (25-8), which beat No. 1 seed Vil­lanova twice this sea­son.

That game is the un­der­card to Fri­day’s matchup of se­cond-seeded »

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