1940-1941 March Madness!
First up is the West Region. There were a few big upsets in the first round as 13 seed Bowling Green beat 4 seed UNLV, 12 seed Cal State Northridge beat 5 seed Miami, and 11 seed Drake beat 6 seed Illinois. The Bowling Green magic continued in the 2nd round as they beat Cal State Northridge to advance to the Sweet 16 where they lost to 1 seed Wisconsin. 7 seed St. Joseph's was able to knock out 2 seed Arkansas in the 2nd round. Ultimately 3 seed Stanford beat Wisconsin to punch their ticket to the final four!
Next is the Midwest Region. This one only had one first round upset with 12 seed Pacific beating 5 seed Northern Iowa. In the 2nd round though 8 seed Syracuse took down 1 seed Michigan State but lost to 4 seed New Mexico in the Sweet 16. Ultimately 2 seed Arizona beat New Mexico to advance to the final four.
Now the South Region. 1 seed Florida barely pulled off a 5 point victory over 16 seed Howard. Our conference representative Stephen F. Austin lost as a 13 seed to Temple by 23. This first round was very tame and the 2nd round only saw 6 seed Tennessee beat 3 seed Oregon. 1 seed Florida beat Tennessee to advance to the Final Four.
Last up is the East Region. The only first round upset was 10 seed Rider beating 7 seed Tulsa. Rider then lost to 2 seed Kentucky by 6. 6 seed Creighton took down 3 seed Siena and then 2 seed Kentucky while 5 seed Dayton beat 1 seed Connecticut for our Elite Eight matchup. Creighton won that one by 3 to advance to the Final Four!
Florida beat Stanford in the first semifinal by 2 points, and Arizona beat Creighton in the other by 3 points. The championship wasn't quite as thrilling as Arizona took down Florida to win their first national championship!