South Re­gion

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

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?

BRIAN CASSELLA/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

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