Busting Brackets

March Madness: Ranking the remaining teams in the South Region

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Arkel Lamar(L)
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CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 16: Arkel Lamar(L)
CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 16: Arkel Lamar(L) /

The South Region has made history in a number of ways in just a few short days. At this point in the Sweet Sixteen, who is the favorite to escape this jungle?

History has been made… twice, thanks to the South Region of this year’s NCAA Tournament. On Friday night, UMBC became the first 16-seed in history to win against a one seed in the Round of 64. Virginia will now be on the wrong side of history for the rest of time after this loss.

They weren’t the only ones to suffer a big letdown, as Arizona ended the team’s tough season by getting destroyed versus Buffalo. With the two teams considered favorites to come out of this group eliminated, it gave chances to Cincinnati and Tennessee to make a run of their own.

However, their second-round opponents Nevada and Loyola-Chicago had other plans, grabbing exciting victories to be the two biggest surprises to make the Sweet Sixteen.

The biggest beneficiaries of the madness in the South Region has been both Kentucky and Kansas State, who each got to play a lesser team than expected in the second-round, although both games were still close in the final minutes.

When the tournament originally started the odds for any of these teams were very low to make an Elite Eight appearance, let alone all the way to the Final Four. But at this point, it’s up for grabs for these teams.

With everything reset for this week, here are a ranking of these teams in terms of their chances to win this group.