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BHGP Presents March Madness: South & West Round of 32

Can Iowa make their first Sweet Sixteen since the Tom Davis era? The outlook is positive.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Illinois
Connor McCaffery came up big as #6 Iowa took down #3 Duke for their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in two plus decades.
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With the powers that be officially cancelling Christmas and the NCAA Tournament, we’re taking matters into our own hands. This will not stand, you know, this aggression will not stand, man!

So we’re running our own damn tournament. Using the final bracketology put together by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, we’ve released a 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket. Winners of each game are voted on by you, the people. The results will be posted along a similar timeline to what would have been the original tournament. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday March 15: First Four

Monday March 16: Midwest Region

Tuesday March 17: East Region

Wednesday March 18: West Region

Thursday March 19: South Region

Friday March 20: Recap special (cancelled due to coronavirus)

Monday March 23: Round of 32 for Midwest and East

Tuesday March 24: Round of 32 for West and South

Wednesday March 25: Sweet 16 for Midwest and East

Thursday March 26: Sweet 16 for Midwest and East

Friday March 27: Recap Special

Monday March 30: Elite 8

Tuesday March 31: Final Four

Wednesday April 1: The Finals

Thursday April 2: Champion is crowned/One Shining Social Media Moment

It may only be Tuesday but round two of the BHGP NCAA Tournament is well underway. Now, you know what they say: all good things come to those who wait. And while this may not actually be good, you waited. Or maybe you didn’t, but either way, we’ve got results from Midwest and East Regions in the round of 32.

As we’ve seen throughout the tournament thus far, it was pretty much chalk in these two regions with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. In total, there were only two upsets. Both came from 6 seeds over 3 seeds. Both came from Big Ten teams.

  • #1 Kansas handled #9 Marquette 110-29
  • #4 Wisconsin took down #5 Auburn, 89-49
  • #6 Iowa throttled #3 Duke, 129-17
  • #2 Kentucky blew out #10 Arizona State, 108-30
  • #1 Dayton handled #9 Florida, 81-55
  • #4 Maryland stomped #5 Butler, 121-14
  • #6 Penn State knocked off #3 Villanova 70-63
  • #2 Florida State beat up on #10 Utah State 104-30

As mentioned, the two upsets in this group came from Big Ten teams with Penn State edging Villanova and your Iowa Hawkeyes absolutely demolishing Duke. That gives Iowa their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in more than two decades and I can’t think of a better team to take down on the way. The win sets up a showdown between the Hawkeyes and #2 seed Kentucky for a chance at Iowa’s first Elite Eight appearance since 1987.

Also of note, Hawkeye fans continue to vote Dayton forward despite the blatant disrespect the national media is showing Iowa by propping Obi Toppin up over Luka Garza based solely on the merits of his team. Personally, I’d take the Flyers down a notch or two with an early exit in a fake tournament, but you do you Hawkeye fans. You do you.

Next up, it’s time to vote for your winners in the South and West regions. There are some more really great matchups here and some more chances to snub very deserving fanbases. Get out the vote, you got nothing better to do.


#1 Gonzaga vs. #8 LSU

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  • 89%
    #1 Gonzaga
    (94 votes)
  • 10%
    #8 LSU
    (11 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now


#5 Michigan vs. #4 Oregon

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  • 56%
    #5 Michigan
    (60 votes)
  • 43%
    #4 Oregon
    (47 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now


#11 Indiana vs. #3 Seton Hall

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  • 28%
    #11 Indiana
    (31 votes)
  • 71%
    #3 Seton Hall
    (77 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now


#10 Texas Tech vs. #2 San Diego State

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  • 30%
    #10 Texas Tech
    (33 votes)
  • 69%
    #2 San Diego State
    (75 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now


#1 Baylor vs. #9 Rutgers

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  • 62%
    #1 Baylor
    (68 votes)
  • 37%
    #9 Rutgers
    (40 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now


#5 Ohio State vs. #4 Louisville

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  • 64%
    #5 Ohio State
    (68 votes)
  • 35%
    #4 Louisville
    (38 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now


#11 Cincinnati vs. #3 Michigan State

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  • 7%
    #11 Cincinnati
    (8 votes)
  • 92%
    #3 Michigan State
    (98 votes)
106 votes total Vote Now


#7 Illinois vs. #2 Creighton

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  • 45%
    #7 Illinois
    (55 votes)
  • 54%
    #2 Creighton
    (67 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now