2017 Bracketology: No. 8 Seeds
- East: VCU Rams
- West: Texas Longhorns
- South: Dayton Flyers
- Midwest: Saint Mary's Gaels
Syracuse is the only team since 1985 to enter the NCAA tourney on a 3-game losing streak and reach the Final Four, according to Elias. History tells us the Orange are due for a loss.
Will Wade was rewarded for a successful first season as VCU coach, as the Rams gave him a new eight-year deal that runs through 2023-24.
When No. 10 seed Syracuse meets No. 1 seed Virginia (6:09 p.m. ET), the Orange will try to become the fourth double-digit seed in NCAA tournament history to knock off a No. 1 seed.
Will Wade's second season as head coach at VCU could be tougher than his first, as the Rams must replace Melvin Johnson and Korey Billbury.
Buddy Hield scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half to help the No. 2-seeded Sooners advance to the Sweet 16.
Buddy Hield scored 19 of his 36 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 2 seed Oklahoma hold off No. 10 seed VCU 85-81 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Buddy Hield scored 36 points, including 29 in the second half, as the No. 2 seed Sooners fought off 10-seed VCU 85-81 for their second straight trip to the Sweet 16. Box score
The 10-seed Rams are looking to be a giant killer once again, going on runs of 8-0 and 7-0 in the second half against the 2-seed Sooners. Follow live
Buddy Hield was held to just 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting in the first half, but Isaiah Cousins had 12 and Jordan Woodard had 10 for the 44-31 halftime lead. JeQuan Lewis leads all scorers with 13 for VCU. Halftime stats
The Rams were down as much as 14 in the first half but have hit their last seven shots to cut the deficit down. The Sooners have hit just 3-of-10 3-pointers so far; they're second in the country at 42.9% entering the game. Follow live
The Sooners are looking for their second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. The last time OU did so was in 2002 and 2003. VCU has made a habit of giant killing, with six wins as a lower seed since 2011, tied for the most in Division I. Follow live
Lon Kruger's been around the block, having taken a team to the Final Four two decades ago while coaching at Florida. Will Wade's new at this whole NCAA tournament thing, hoping to get the better of his elder to get his team to the tourney's second weekend.
Stephen F. Austin is a bad matchup for Notre Dame, and the Giant Killers model suggest it's the perfect storm for another upset.
Gary Payton II led a rally that garnered Oregon State a second-half lead, but VCU recovered and advanced to the NCAA tournament second round.
JeQuan Lewis had 21 points as No. 10 seed Virginia Commonwealth relied on its NCAA tournament experience to hold off a second-half charge by Oregon State.
The game was tied with 8 minutes to go, but the Rams pulled away and got a eight-point win. Box score
In the second half, the Beavers went on a 10-0 run and now have the advantage over the Rams. Gary Payton II has 15 points, and Derrick Bruce added a dozen. Follow live