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NCAA Saturday: Another Great Day

The NCAA Tournament has become the greatest sports event in the nation.

Mar 19, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Yale Bulldogs guard Anthony Dallier (1) drives against Duke Blue Devils guard Derryck Thornton (12) during the second half of a second round game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Dunkin Donuts Center.
Mar 19, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Yale Bulldogs guard Anthony Dallier (1) drives against Duke Blue Devils guard Derryck Thornton (12) during the second half of a second round game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Dunkin Donuts Center.
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After Saturday's games, one thing is clear: the ACC is a cut above.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is 10-1 so far, with only Pitt losing to Wisconsin, and not by much.

UNC beat Providence 85-66, Virginia took down Butler, 77-69, Miami survived Wichita State 65-57 and Duke withstood a brilliant Yale comeback to win 71-64.

Notre Dame and Syracuse play Sunday and could give the ACC six of the Sweet Sixteen.

Having 1/4 of the Sixteen is already exceptional.

In the other games, UConn was getting killed early by KU but came back to make it respectable, losing 73-61. Indiana knocked Kentucky out, 73-67 but good news Wildcat fans: John Calipari has made the draft the center of your program so you can look forward to your players leaving soon. Enjoy the draft.

Iowa State clobbered Arkansas-Little Rock, 78-61, while Gonzaga just crushed Utah 82-59. It wasn't really that close.

So we still have Sunday's games to go but as of Saturday, the ACC has six left. Here's how it all breaks down,  assuming we didn't miss anyone:

  • ACC: Six
  • Big Ten: Four
  • Big 12: Three
  • Big East: Two
  • A-10: Two
  • PAC-12: One
  • Big West: One
  • WCC: One
  • SEC: One
  • CUSA: One
  • Southland: One
  • Missouri Valley: One

Embarrassed: the SEC and the PAC-12, each with only one team left. The Big 12, which pitched itself as the best conference, is down to three.

By the way, speaking of the Big 12,Oklahoma State has fired Travis Ford. One name on the (media) list is Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams. He's a native of Texas so it would be familiar. More importantly, the biggest Cowboy booster is T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire. For the most part, OSU is not that attractive, but having that kind of money changes things. We'll see.