THE TASTE OF SWEETNESS

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With defending national champion & regional top seed Baylor along with Texas & TCU ousted in second round, Houston & Texas Tech advance to Sweet 16 in NCAA Men’s Tournament

Delivering thrills, chills and some stunning upsets, March Madness lived up to its nickname as the 2022 NCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament produced historic upsets and dramatic finishes in the struggled to reach this week’s elusive Sweet 16.

As the only regional No. 1 seed to be eliminated during the first week of competition, the defending champion Baylor Bears suffered a shocking 93-86 loss to eighth seed North Carolina, while Arizona posted a thrilling 85-80 overtime victory over the Texas Christian Horned Frogs.

With Sweet 16 matchups beginning Thursday, the Houston Cougars and Texas Tech Red Raiders will be representing the Lone Star State in the show.

No. 5 HOUSTON COUGARS 68, No. 4 ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI 53

Advancing into the Sweet 16 for a third consecutive season under legendary coach Kelvin Sampson, the Houston Cougars pulled away late to defeat Illinois, 68-53, in the second round of the 2022 NCAA tournament. The Cougars have won 11 of their last 12 games headed to the Sweet 16 with back-to-back dominant wins over UAB and Illinois in the Big Dance. Watch the March Madness extended highlights:

No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 93, No. 1 BAYLOR BEARS 86

Despite blowing a 25-point second half lead, the 8th seed North Carolina Tar Heels still managed to knock off the defending national champion and top-seeded Baylor Bears, 93-86, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Baylor (27-7) lost in the second round for the second time in the last three NCAA tourneys. The Bears, who fell to top-seeded Gonzaga in the round of 32 three years ago, were trying to match the biggest comeback ever in an NCAA tournament game. Watch the extended highlights:

No. 3 TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS 59, No. 11 NOTRE DAME 53

Texas Tech put together a late run in the second half to take down Notre Dame, 59-53, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Red Raiders were led by Kevin Obanor’s 15 points and 15 rebounds. Texas Tech never missed a beat amid the coaching transition from Chris Beard to Mark Adams. The Red Raiders nagged Big 12 opponents with their tenacious defense all season and did the same thing to Notre Dame. Watch the March Madness extended highlights:

No. 3 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 81, No. 6 TEXAS LONGHORNS 71

Purdue chugs along to the sweet 16 after taking down Texas 81-71 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Boilermakers notch four player in double-figures, led by Trevion Williams with 22 points and 7 boards. Under the direction of 17th-year coach Matt Painter, Purdue will be seeking its first Final Four since 1980 after rising to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history earlier this season. Watch the March Madness extended highlights:

No. 1 ARIZONA WILDCATS 85, No. 9 TCU HORNED FROGS 80

Arizona took down TCU in a thrilling matchup ending in overtime. The Wildcats took the second round win 85-80, behind a combined 58 points from Christian Koloko and Bennedict Mathurin. Arizona enjoyed a solid run during Sean Miller’s 12 seasons, but the Wildcats haven’t made a Final Four since 2001. First-year coach Tommy Lloyd has the program primed to change that. Watch the March Madness extended highlights:

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