The Pac-12 entered the 2016 NCAA Tournament with seven teams and high hopes all around. Those hopes were quickly dashed -- just two days into the tournament, the conference has five teams already eliminated. It's a historic moment for the Pac-12, but not the kind of history they were hoping for.
The Pac-12 is the first league to lose 5 games as higher seeds in the Round of 64 since seeding began in 1979. pic.twitter.com/xsy0sYkf8p— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 18, 2016
The troubles started on Thursday afternoon when No. 8 Colorado was eliminated by No. 9 Connecticut. They continued into the evening when No. 6 Arizona got thrashed by No. 11 Wichita State and No. 8 USC suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss to No. 9 Providence. Not a good start, but things were surely looking up on Friday, right?
Well, they got even worse for the Pac-12. No. 4 California barely showed up in a 77-66 loss to No. 14 Hawaii, and No 7 Oregon State (which was probably overseeded in the first place) got dumped out by No. 10 VCU. Suddenly, the Pac-12 has just two teams alive -- No. 3 Utah, which took care of business on Thursday, and No. 1 Oregon, which is currently playing Holy Cross. The Utes move on to face No. 11 Gonzaga on Saturday, while the Ducks will play either Cincinnati or Saint Joseph's. Both teams are the last chance to save face in what's been a disappointing tournament for this conference.
In other bracket news, No. 2 Michigan State was stunned by No. 15 Middle Tennessee State, which pulled off possibly the biggest upset in tournament history. The Blue Raiders will play No. 10 Syracuse in the second round, ensuring that we'll get at least one double-digit seed in the Sweet Sixteen this year. No. 7 Iowa needed an overtime buzzer-beater to beat Temple, but they survive and advance to take on No. 2 Villanova, which had little trouble putting away UNC Asheville.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh conspired to set the game of basketball back 50 years, scoring a combined 90 points -- fewest in the tournament since 2000. Wisconsin got the 47-43 win, which analysts will call a "grinding" or "gritty" game when they really mean "oh God my eyes." The Badgers continued their long, proud tradition of killing basketball in the postseason.
Here are Friday's updated scores from the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Be sure to go update your printable March Madness bracket.
No. 10 Syracuse 70, No. 7 Dayton 51
No. 2 Villanova 86, No. 15 UNC Asheville 56
No. 10 VCU 75, No. 7 Oregon State 67
No. 13 Hawai'i 77, No. 4 California 66
No. 15 Middle Tennessee State 90, No. 2 Michigan State 81
No. 7 Iowa 72, No. 10 Temple 70 (OT)
No. 2 Oklahoma 82, No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield 68
No. 7 Wisconsin 47, No. 10 Pittsburgh 43
The rest of Friday's evening session:
No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin (7:10 p.m., CBS)
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 Green Bay (7:20 p.m., TBS)
No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Holy Cross, (7:27 p.m., truTV)
No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 15 Weber State (9:20 p.m., TNT)
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Michigan (9:40 p.m., CBS)
No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa (9:50 p.m., TBS)
No. 8 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 9 Cincinnati (9:57 p.m., truTV)