The NCAA tournament has dwindled from 68 teams to 64, to 32, to 16 and now to just 8—marking the start of the Elite Eight on March 25 with Florida Atlantic University against Kansas State and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) against Gonzaga.

Here are some of the biggest storylines from yet another great year of March Madness so far:

#16 FDU Upsets #1 Purdue

The biggest storyline of the round of 64 was the unexpected upset of Purdue by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), who only got a bid to the big dance because of a transition rule technicality. FDU knocked off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a score of 84-61 in the First Four, before beating Purdue by a score of 63-58. 

The Knights clamped down on Purdue star Zach Edey, letting others shoot the ball from downtown. That strategy clearly worked. Edey got his, scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds, but the rest of the team struggled mightily, shooting 5-26 from behind the arc. 

FDU’s guards had the necessary speed to cause issues for Purdue’s bigger guards. FDU became just the second 16 seed ever to win in the Round of 64, and the first 16 seed to advance to the Round of 32 from the First Four. 

#15 Princeton Advances to the Sweet 16

For the third year in a row, a 15 seed has advanced to the Sweet 16: Oral Roberts in 2021, St. Peter’s in 2022, and now Princeton in 2023. Princeton upset #2 Arizona in the Round of 64 by a score of 59-55. The Tigers held one of the nation’s best offenses to 42 percent from the field and 19 percent from behind the arc. Princeton didn’t shoot the ball well either, shooting 40 percent from the field and 16 percent from behind the arc. They parlayed their Round of 64 performance with a lopsided victory over #7 seed Missouri in the Round of 32 by the score of 78-63. 

Missouri, like Arizona, had one of the most efficient offenses in Division I, per KenPom. Princeton held Missouri to 41 percent from the field of 27 percent from behind the arc. Princeton’s cinderella run came to an end in the Sweet 16, with an 86-75 loss to #6 Creighton. 

No #1 Seeds Made it Past the Sweet 16

For the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams, all the #1 seeds have been eliminated before the Elite Eight. Purdue lost to FDU, while Kansas was beaten by Arkansas in the Round of 32. Both Houston and Alabama lost to #5 seeds in the Sweet 16. 

Kansas has been without their hall-of-fame coach, Bill Self, since the Big 12 Tournament because of a medical emergency. They lost to Texas in the Big 12 Championship game and knocked off #16 seed Howard in the Round of 64 handily, with a score of 96-68. They also lost to Arkansas 72-71 in the Round of 32.

Arkansas dealt with many injuries all season long before finally beginning to figure things out down the stretch. They certainly had way more talent than a typical #8 seed. Arkansas trailed by double digits in the second half but made a run down the stretch to knock out the defending champions by one point. Davonte Davis led the way for the Razorbacks with 25 points while Jalen Wilson had 20 for the Jayhawks in the loss.

Alabama was shocked by #5 San Diego State in the Sweet 16 with a score of 71-64. The Crimson Tide trailed 28-23 at halftime, but started the second half on a great run, eventually building their lead up to seven. The Aztecs flipped the script again to erase the deficit and regain their lead, this time to stay. Darrion Trammell led the way with 21 points in the win for the Aztecs while Mark Sears had 16 points for the Tide in the loss. Alabama’s Brandon Miller, who is expected to be a first round NBA draft pick, shot 3-19 from the field for just nine points. 

Houston became the last #1 seed to lose when they were felled in an 89-75 loss to #5 Miami. The Canes controlled most of this game, leading 42-36 at halftime and never trailing in the second half. With the win, Miami punched its ticket to its second straight Elite Eight appearance. Nijel Pack led the way with 26 points while Isaiah Wong had 20 in the win. All five Miami starters were in double figures. Jarace Walker led the way with 16 points for Houston in the loss. All year, Miami’s offense has been near the top in efficiency, but their defense was equally as impressive in this one. Miami held Houston to 38 percent shooting and 29 percent from behind the arc. 

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