Ten Big Ten programs made the field and five made it through the first weekend, including two more out of the South: No. 3 seed Michigan State and No. 7 seed Illinois. Illinois got a buzzerbeating 3-pointer by Ayo Dosunmu, left, to beat No. 2 Creighton and advance to the Sweet 16 in Houston, where the Illini will face Michigan State.
No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin and No. 13 seed Vermont provided the region’s major upsets. The Lumberjacks brought a 15-game win streak into the tournament and took advantage of fifth-seeded Ohio State’s inconsistency; Vermont had lost only twice since Dec. 20, and the Catamounts stunned No. 4 seed Louisville. Stephen F. Austin won the battle of double-digit seeds and will face top seed Baylor in the Sweet 16.
No team has distinguished itself as the clear favorite. Will someone finally stand out in the Sweet 16?