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March Madness: Sweet 16 field set after wild opening weekend of NCAA tourney

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Teams advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (abc3340.com) Teams advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (abc3340.com)

March Madness has lived up to the hype in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with a number of upsets already in the books as the opening round of 64 wraps up Sunday.

The biggest surprise of the tourney thus far has been 11th-seeded Dayton, who knocked off 6th-seeded Ohio State before upending 2nd-seeded Syracuse to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16.

The 10th-seeded Stanford Cardinals made it out of the South Region after eliminating New Mexico in a minor upset before shocking 2nd-seeded Kansas 60-57.

Other teams that have escaped the first weekend include the tourney's top-seeded Florida Gators, three four-seeds in Michigan State out of the East Region, San Diego State out of the West and the defending national champs Louisville out of the Midwest.

A 7th-seeded Connecticut Huskies team took down 2nd-seeded Villanova to advance while Michigan and Wisconsin, both two-seeds, survived to play another round.

Wichita State, the top seed in the Midwest, had its perfect season gutted by 8th-seeded Kentucky in a 78-76 loss, setting up a Sweet 16 matchup between two of college basketball's biggest coaching stars in Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

Full list of teams remaining in the tournament can be seen below.

2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Sweet 16

South Region
(1) Florida
(4) UCLA
(10) Stanford
(11) Dayton
East Region
 (1) Virginia
 (3) Iowa State
 (4) Michigan State
 (7) UCONN
 West Region
 (1) Arizona
 (2) Wisconsin
 (4) San Diego State
 (6) Baylor
 Midwest Region
 (2) Michigan
 (4) Louisville
 (8) Kentucky
 (11) Tennessee
 

 

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