Raise your hand if you had both Richmond and VCU going to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Anybody? Nobody? Well that certainly makes me feel a little bit better about my bracket being in shambles. The NCAA Tournament is traditionally the most chaotic event in sports, and it has lived up to that billing this year. Here's a rundown of Sunday's action.
East No. 2 North Carolina Beats No. 7 Washington 86-83: Washington actually led this game for most of the contest, but North Carolina hit some big shots down the stretch as the Huskies' offense went ice cold. And despite John Henson's best efforts, The Tar Heels eked out a win.
West No. 1 Duke Beats No. 8 Michigan 73-71: This game was probably a little bit closer than most people thought it would be, and Michigan actually had a chance to tie it up in the last seconds. But a floater in the lane went off the back iron, and Duke escaped with a narrow win.
East No. 1 Ohio St. Blows Out No. 8 George Mason 98-66: George Mason didn't have their hero from Friday in Luke Hancock, but I don't think he would have helped much in this one. George Mason got out to a quick 11-2 lead, but it went downhill from there. Very, very quickly.
West No. 5 Arizona Beats No. 4 Texas 70-69: After a questionable five second call in the last few seconds, Arizona got the ball back down two and gave it to their All-American Derrick Williams. he responded with an and-one lay-in to give Arizona the lead. Just another drama filled game in the NCAA Tournament.
Southwest No. 11 VCU Blows Out No. 3 Purdue 76-94: This is probably one of the more surprising results in the entire tournament. Nobody gave VCU much of a shot in their play-in game against USC, three wins later, the Rams are headed to the Sweet 16.
East No. 11 Marquette Beats No. 3 Syracuse 66-62: There are a lot of people out there talking about how poorly the Big East is performing the NCAA Tournament, but it's hard to have a lot of teams advance when they are playing each other. Marquette was the last Big East team to make the field, and they are starting to justify that inclusion.
Southwest No. 1 Kansas Beat No. 9 Illinois 73-59: For a while there it looked like Illinois might be able to hang around in this game, but then Kansas showed why they are one of the favorites for the national championship. With a favorable bracket moving forward, they have an excellent shot to make the Final Four.
Southwest No. 10 Florida St. Beats No. 2 Notre Dame 71-57: And it wasn't really even that close. This is probably the biggest black eye the Big East got in the Tournament. With their defense moving forward, Florida St. might be a hard team to contend with.