Morning Madness: Saturday, March 25
Heading into Friday night's final game, there had not been a single overtime or buzzer beater in the 59 games played in the 2017 NCAA tournament. It was the first time since 2012 without either.
And then Florida-Wisconsin happened.
First, Wisconsin's Zak Showalter drained an impossible three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to tie the score at 72 and send the game into overtime. Then, after Nigel Hayes put Wisconsin up 83-81 via two free throws with four seconds left, Chris Chiozza (that's him in the photo above) nailed an almost perfect replica, this one for the win.
What a perfect way to tee up the Elite Eight.
Goodbye, sweet Sweet Sixteen
No. 7 seed South Carolina proved the Duke upset was no fluke, dismantling 3-seed Baylor 70-50.
Top-seed North Carolina had another stellar first half (like the Arkansas game) and managed not to throw away the lead (not like the Arkansas game), beating 4-seed Butler 92-80.
No. 2 seed Kentucky outlasted 3-seed UCLA in one of the most offense-heavy games of the tournament, winning 86-75. De'Aaron Fox scored 39.
And 4-seed Florida ... well, you know about Florida, which ended up winning 84-83 in overtime.
Now the quarterfinals are set:
Elite Eight schedule for Saturday and Sunday
Breaking down the Elite Eight, by the numbers
In the 32 years since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams, the average seed for the Elite Eight has been 3.16. It's 3.63 this year.
The highest-ever average seed was in 1990, when two 4 seeds, a 6, a 10 and an 11 all made it to the quarterfinals. The lowest was in 2007, when all four top seeds, three two seeds and one three seed won their Sweet 16 matchups.
Fifteen double-digit seeds have made it to the Elite Eight, none higher than Missouri, which reached the quarterfinals as a 12 seed in 2002. Only four double-digit seeds have won and moved on to the Final Four. Xavier is the highest seed this year, at No. 11.
The biggest blowout ever was in 1989, when 3-seed Michigan destroyed 5-seed Virginia 102-65. On the flip side, 27 of the 256 games (10.55 percent) have been decided by three points or fewer.
This year, three teams are making their 10th or more appearance in the Elite Eight: UNC (17th), Kentucky (16th), and Kansas (14th), while four teams are making their fourth or fewer: South Carolina (1st), Xavier (3rd), Oregon (4th), and Gonzaga (3rd).
Go behind the scenes with Oregon
The Ducks are in their fourth-ever Elite Eight, and that's due largely to Jordan Bell's performance against Michigan -- 16 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks.
Watch Oregon players talk about Bell's impact in our March Madness Confidential video here.
Mark your calendar
Elite Eight begins: Tonight!
Final Four in Phoenix: Semifinals on Saturday, April 1; Championship game on Monday, April 3