Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
One of the most unpredictable and captivating first weeks of the NCAA Tournament in recent history has been followed up by one of the most predictable and relatively pedestrian nights of an NCAA Tournament in quite a while.
After the heart-stopping, buzzer beating and upset-laden first two rounds, each of the favored teams in terms of their seeding ran the show on night one of the Sweet 16.
In fact, all of the favorites won by double-digits, leaving the last-second drama completely out of the equation.
Final Scores – Sweet 16 Night 1:
(1) Oregon 82, (4) Duke 68
(1) Kansas 79, (5) Maryland 63
(2) Oklahoma 77, (3) Texas A&M 63
(2) Villanova 92, (3) Miami 69
No. 1 seeds Oregon and Kansas beat No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Maryland, respectively, by pulling away in the second half after tightly contested first halves.
Meanwhile, the No. 2 seeds, Oklahoma and Villanova, defeated No. 3 seeds Texas A&M and Miami, respectively by going pretty much wire-to-wire.
The big stars of the night for the victorious No. 2 seeds were Kris Jenkins of Kansas who put up 21 points, nine rebounds and was 5-6 from three-point land. For Oklahoma, it was a familiar face in Buddy Hield who put up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
For the No. 1 seeds, it was big man Perry Ellis who put up 27 points, while Dillon Brooks carried the load for the Oregon Ducks and put forth a sterling 22-point effort.
Now, after all of the insanity, the South and the West regions will pit the No. 1 seeds against the No. 2 seeds for a chance to advance to the Final Four.
Funny how it all works out.
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