Sweet Sixteen Roundup - A Foreseeable Final Four

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have found our Cinderella and she's from Chi-town. In their first March Madness appearance since 1985, Loyola Chicago is one mere win away from an incredible, improbably trip to the Final Four after dispatching with the equally improbably Nevada. The Ramblers squeaked out a one point win by relying upon their star Marques Townes, who knocked down their final points with a beautiful three-pointer to finish with eighteen points. This all coming after the Ramblers came out flat early and fell behind by twelve. On to the Elite Eight where they'll play another massive underdog. Kansas State took care of business against the storied program out of the University of Kentucky. Kansas State hasn't appeared in the Final Four since 1964-when President Johnson was in the White House (oh happier days). Literally no one could have predicted this matchup in the Southern Region.

Out in the Western Region, Michigan hammered Texas A&M 99-72, returning to the final eight for the third time in six years and extending their winning streak to twelve games. This game was never in doubt as the Wolverines shot 62% from the floor and almost doubled up their opponents by halftime, leading 52-28. Michigan will see if they came take home the region against Florida State, who upset my beloved Gonzaga. Ever since I was a kid, I just loved Gonzaga. The name just flows off the tongue: gun-ZAG-A! Anyways, another ninth seed advances as the Seminoles have played beyond anyone's imagination. Keep in mind; this was a team that went 9-9 in the ACC and got smoked in the first round of the conference tournament. This against the Zags who had won sixteen straight and were looking to return to the championship game for the second straight year.

Villanova stayed on track in the East knocking out a strong West Virginia team that looked like they had a chance all game and then fell off hard in the final ten minutes, giving up a second half 11-0 run to seal the deal. The Wildcats will be in for another bruising affair as they'll take on Texas Tech, who took out Purdue in the late game. The Boilermakers simply did not look like the same team they once were without their star Isaac Haas. By the final whistle, they have given up a disgraceful seventeen turnovers.

The Midwest will finish with undoubtedly the most intriguing matchup of the Elite Eight as Duke Nation takes on the Jayhawks of Kansas. Kansas dominated Clemson all game and though they only ended up winning by four, the game was never really in doubt. Duke will have to step it up if they want a chance at knocking off the Jayhawks. They shot less than forty percent from the field in a pitiful effort, but nonetheless were able to end the Cinderella run of Syracuse, who barely even made it to the Final 64.

Four of Vegas' eight pre-tournament favorites are still alive. After all this upset insanity, are we headed for the biggest surprise of all: a foreseeable Final Four?