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FanPulse March Madness: the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8

You’re never going to believe who the voters picked...

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NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 29 Div I Men’s Championship - Elite Eight - Duke v Gonzaga Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re back after a chalky round one to see what happens in the round of 32 of our FanPulse NCAA Tournament.

Last week’s voting favored the higher seed by a lot, with only five total upsets. Three of those upsets happened in the West Region, and three were also 9 seed upsets of an 8 seed. So hardly an upset. Surely with a new round of picks there’d be a little more madness to our March, right?

Let’s see who we picked in the SWEET 16!!!

South Region

1. ** REDACTED ** (69% - nice) def. 4. Seton Hall (31%)

3. Maryland (60%) def. 2. Kentucky (30%)

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Seton Hall fared about as well as the FBI and NCAA have in fighting ** REDACTED ** who continue their march (pun entirely intended) in the tournament. Maryland takes out Kentucky in the first upset of the tournament (not exactly — but close to it). To pit a big battle against the deep rooted evil of that team from the state just to the west of Missouri. Go Terps!

West Region

1. Gonzaga (73%) def. 4. Oregon (27%)

3. Duke (50.43%) def. 2. San Diego State (49.57%)

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Another upset! It really is March when you see an underdog like the (checks notes) Duke Blue Devils take out the favored powerhouse (checks more notes) San Diego State Aztecs. Huh.

The Aztecs get sent home with their first loss of the CBB season (this is funny if you listen to the Eye on College Basketball Podcast), and Duke moves on to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who easily dispatched of the Oregon Ducks.

Midwest Region

1. Baylor (63%) def. 4. Wisconsin (37%)

2. Florida State (52%) def. 3. Villanova (48%)

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

I actually really want to watch this FSU-Villanova game, but the people picked the Seminoles, giving Leonard Hamilton his second Elite 8 in three years. Meanwhile, Scott Drew led Baylor to a 38-35 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in a game which featured approximately 28 possessions.

East Region

1. Dayton (68%) def. 4. Louisville (32%)

3. Michigan State (65%) def. 2. Creighton (35%)

NCAA Basketball: Davidson at Dayton David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Obi Toppin dunks all over Louisville, and we get ANOTHER 3 seed taking down a 2 seed. Michigan State carries some late season momentum into the Elite Eight, taking down the hot shooting Creighton Blue Jays.

So what about the Elite Eight?!?!

1. ** REDACTED ** (61%) def. 3. Maryland (39%)

1. Gonzaga (67%) def. 3. Duke (33%)

2. Florida State (58%) def. 1. Baylor (42%)

3. Michigan State (51%) def. 1. Dayton (49%)

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

We have your final four as not even the hot shot Terps, the FBI, the NCAA, nor a global pandemic can prevent the corrupt sinister maniacal fake birds from mystically making a made up Final Four in the SB Nation Fan Pulse. It makes you really question if there is good in the world.

So we call become Zags/Seminoles/Spartans fans in a Final Four which features the preseason #1 overall team, the top ranked team in the AP poll at the end of the season, the 2nd ranked KenPom and AP team (and 31 game winner in the regular season), and the ACC regular season conference champion.

March Madness everyone!

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