TALE OF THE TAPE

  1. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images The Wisconsin Badgers. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #6 Notre Dame Vs. #7 Wisconsin

    The Fighting Irish caught a break when Stephen F. Austin beat West Virginia, and the Badgers created their own luck by downing two-seed Xavier.

  2. Kenny Williams #24, Isaiah Hicks #4, Brice Johnson #11, Justin Jackson #44 and Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels.  (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) The Indiana Hoosiers. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #1 North Carolina Vs. #5 Indiana

    With five championships each, Indiana and North Carolina come into this contest as regular-season conference champions.

  3. Kobie Eubanks #0 and Admon Gilder #3 of the Texas A&M Aggies. (credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) The Oklahoma Sooners. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #3 Texas A&M Vs. #2 Oklahoma

    The Oklahoma Sooners are a former number one team in the nation and have ranked at the top of college basketball throughout the entire season.

  4. Dillon Brooks #24 and Elgin Cook #23 of the Oregon Ducks. (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Marshall Plumlee #40 of the Duke Blue Devils, Grayson Allen #3, Brandon Ingram #14 and Chase Jeter #2. (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #1 Oregon Vs. #4 Duke

    The Oregon Ducks have enjoyed a great season. They won 30 games through the regular season and then beat Holy Cross and Saint Joseph by a combined 44 points.

  5. The Miami Hurricanes. (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Kris Jenkins #2 and Darryl Reynolds #45 of the Villanova Wildcats.  (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #3 Miami Vs. #2 Villanova

    In the Sweet Sixteen, two-seeded Villanova faces off with three-seeded Miami, the winner facing either number one Kansas or number five Maryland in the South Region.

  6. The Gonzaga Bulldogs. (credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) The Syracuse Orange. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Sweet 16 Tale: #11 Gonzaga Vs. #10 Syracuse

    The Syracuse Orange and the Gonzaga Bulldogs face off in a double-digit seed contest, and both teams could use the success to keep their programs in the national spotlight.

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