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Eye on the Alamo: Winners and Losers From NCAA Tournament Opening Weekend

Episode 2

It was an action-packed opening weekend of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and luckily Eye on the Alamo is back to sort out the brackets. So, who were some winners and losers from the opening weekend?

In a tournament annually full of upsets, the 2018 tourney has been no different. Six double-digit seeds advanced to the second round, while a few more will be playing in the Sweet 16. Number one seeds, on the other hand, had a tough week, as two of them were ousted, including Virginia. They became the first top seed to lose in the opening round to a #16 seed, UMBC.

One of those big picture losers of the NCAA Tournament was the Pac 12. Known as the ‘Conference of Champions,’ this was the first time since 1986 that the Pac 12 did not win any games in the tourney. That was a long time ago.

1986 Pac 12

Pac 12 and Yurview analyst Chris Harris joined host Kate Longworth and Eddie House to discuss the conference’s failures this March.

As the show moved along, Rod Thompson was then brought in from Tulsa to discuss the South bracket, and another good team’s early exit – Wichita State, in the East region. Gregg Marshall’s team is known for making noise in March, but they lost their first round game to Marshall. They’re the only one of the top four seeds in that region to get knocked out before the second weekend.

Still to come in the show, Adam Finkelstein joins in the fun after he talked with Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley following his team’s loss to Texas A&M on Friday.

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