Sorry, (half of) America.
• First, Gonzaga was dispatched by the No. 4 seed Arkansas: 74-68.
The Bulldogs were the No. 1 overall seed and last year’s runner-up. A third of fans in the NCAA Men’s Bracket Challenge Game picked the team to win it all — including former President Barack Obama.
• Then, Arizona, another No. 1 seed, fell to No. 5 seed Houston: 72-60.
The Wildcats was America’s second-most popular pick.
Great night for the underdogs. Not so much for 42% of fans whose bracket bets were busted.
Underdogs no more
To appreciate the enormity of the Arkansas win, consider this:
• The Gonzaga Bulldogs has made it to the Sweet 16 seven times in a row.
• The Razorbacks, on the other hand, went in to this matchup against the No. 1 team in the land with a dismal record: 2 wins; 11 losses.
So, yeah, it was quite an upset.
“Thank you to everybody that said we had no chance,” Eric Musselman, Razorbacks head coach, told CBS afterward.
The seeds keep falling
So, let’s recap what’s going on here:
Gonzaga gone. Arizona adieu. Add to that Baylor, yet another No. 1 seed, which was knocked out earlier in the round of 32.
That’s leaves Kansas as the only No. 1 seed left. The Jayhawks take on No. 4 seed Providence on Friday night.
If it loses, this year will mark the first time since 2011 when none of the No. 1 seeds have reached the Final Four.