Updated March Madness bracket: NCAA tournament field narrows to Sweet 16 – seattlepi.com (blog)

That was quite the weekend of college hoops!

After the first week of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the field has narrowed from an initial 68 teams down to just 16. And, to the pleasure of many fans, none of them is Duke.

No. 14-seeded Mercer’s upset of third-seeded Duke in the second round Friday was just one of the bracket-busting upsets of the tourney’s first weekend. North Dakota State (12 seed) also upset Oklahoma (5), Stephen F. Austin (12) topped Virginia Commonwealth (5), and Harvard (12) took down Cincinnati (5).

2014 March Madness logo NCAA men's basketball tournament

Yet none of those teams is still alive in the Sweet 16.

The upcoming regional semifinals are of course full of some of the favored teams such as Florida (1), Virginia (1), Arizona (1), Wisconsin (2), Michigan (2), Michigan State (4) and Louisville (4).

But then there are the spoilers like Kentucky (8), which felled mighty Wichita State (1) on Sunday in Indianapolis. Connecticut (7) also beat Villanova (2) and Tennessee (11) — which had to play in the first round — downed Duke-destroyer Mercer on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16.

Locally, though Gonzaga (8) was eliminated Sunday by Arizona, three teams from the Pac-12 will play for spots in the Elite Eight. In the West Region of the bracket, Arizona will meet San Diego State (4) on Thursday in Anaheim. Over in the South Region, both UCLA (4) and Stanford (10) are still alive — the Bruins will face Florida and the Cardinal will match up with Dayton (11) on Thursday in Memphis.

But enough of all this chatter. Click on the image below for an updated March Madness bracket (PDF) after the first three rounds. You can also check out the NCAA’s online interactive bracket.

March Madness bracket NCAA tournament

Click to download a PDF of the current NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket. Also, check out the NCAA’s online interactive bracket.

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