Ranking the Second Round NCAA Tournament Games

Overall, this was a pretty solid second round despite a general lack of major upsets (obvious exception being St. Peter’s). Let’s now rank the games from best to worst and compare how my pre-round intrigue rankings compare to how the games actually played out.

Ranking the NCAA Second Round Games (Postgame)Pregame RankDifference
1(1) Baylor vs. (8) North Carolina (Sat 12:10)- CBS (5)76
2(1) Arizona vs. (9) TCU (Sat 9:40)- TBS (247)1210
3(7) Murray State vs. (15) St. Peter’s (Sat 7:45)- CBS (5)2-1
4(3) Texas Tech vs. (11) Notre Dame (Sat 7:10)- TBS (247)95
5(1) Gonzaga vs. (9) Memphis (Sat 9:40)- TBS (247)50
6(3) Wisconsin vs. (11) Iowa State (Sun 6:10)- TNT (245)115
7(4) Arkansas vs. (12) New Mexico State (Sat 8:40)- TNT 3-4
8(2) Duke vs. (7) Michigan State (Sun 5:15)- CBS (5)4-4
9(3) Tennessee vs. (11) Michigan (Sat 5:15)- CBS (5)145
10(3) Texas vs. (6) Purdue (Sun 8:40)- TNT (245)100
11(2) Villanova vs. (7) Ohio State (Sun 2:40)- CBS (5)6-5
12(1) Kansas vs. (9) Creighton (Sat 2:40)- CBS (5)164
13(2) Auburn vs. (10) Miami-FL (Sun 7:45)- TruTV (246)130
14(4) Illinois vs. (5) Houston (Sun 12:10)- CBS (5)151
15(4) UCLA vs. Saint Mary’s (Sat 7:10)- TBS (247)7-8
16(4) Providence vs. (12) Richmond (Sat 6:10)- TNT (245)1-15

Most surprisingly good game: (1) Arizona over (9) TCU

Most disappointingly terrible game: (4) Providence over (12) Richmond

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