NCAA Tournament scores, Winners and Losers:

NCAA Tournament scores, Winners and Losers:


Double-digit seeds won the day in a stunning day of second round action

Winner: Oregon State

The Beavers are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1982. Picked to finish last in the Pac-12 in the preseason, Oregon State is a perfect example of what getting hot at the right time can do for your team. Coach Wayne Tinkle and his squad were nowhere near contention for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid all season, but they ran through the Pac-12 tournament to secure the league’s automatic bid and have knocked off the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds in the Midwest Regional to secure their first Sweet 16 appearance in nearly 40 years. 

Loser: Seeing Cade Cunningham’s run end

The Razorbacks made six Sweet 16 appearances — and won a national title — in a seven-year span in the 1990s under coach Nolan Richardson. But they had not been back since 1996, at least not until Sunday. Arkansas finally made it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 68-66 win over No. 6 seed Texas Tech. It constitutes a remarkable turnaround for the program in coach Eric Musselman’s second season, and the Razorbacks may not be done yet. They will play No. 15 seed Oral Roberts in the Sweet 16 and enter with the advantage of having beaten the Golden Eagles 87-76 back in December. — Cobb

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Entering Saturday night’s game between No. 3 seed Texas and No. 14 seed Abilene Christian, the Big 12 was 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament and poised for a perfect first round. But when the Longhorns collapsed against their in-state foe from the Southland Conference, it started a tough stretch for the vaunted conference.

Though No. 1 seed Baylor survived against No. 9 seed Wisconsin on Sunday, No. 6 seed Texas Tech, No. 3 seed West Virginia and No. 4 seed Oklahoma State each lost, meaning the Big 12 is now just 1-4 over its last five games and is 7-4 in the Big Dance. With No. 8 seed Oklahoma facing the challenge of a lifetime on Monday against No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga, it may soon be on the league’s traditional powers to carry the league’s banner.

Baylor is onto the Sweet 16, and No. 3 seed Kansas has a chance to get there Monday against No. 6 seed USC. But with the Red Raiders, Mountaineers, Cowboys and Longhorns all bowing out in a span of 24 hours, the Big 12 needs its remaining contenders to go far if the conference is going to emerge from the NCAA Tournament as the nation’s best.

It’s been another wild day of NCAA Tournament, so let’s get into the winners and losers. 

Winner: Oral Roberts joins exclusive list of 15-seed company

Oral Roberts on Sunday stunned No. 7-seeded Florida 81-78 despite trailing for more than 30 minutes of game action, becoming just the second No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to move on to the Sweet 16. The Golden Eagles got 28 and 26 points from Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas, respectively, as the dynamic duo once again showed up in the clutch. It’s the program’s second-ever Sweet 16 appearance and first since 1974, when there were just 25 teams in the tournament and there was no seeding. 

Winner: Houston guts out ugly win vs. Rutgers

With 8:45 remaining in the second half of Sunday’s second round game between Houston and Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights took their biggest lead of the game, 52-42. But over the final eight minutes, the Cougars chipped away methodically to eliminate the deficit in an unlikely 63-60 win. They closed on a 7-0 run and held Rutgers to 0-of-3 shooting during that closing stretch. — Boone

Winner: Arkansas is back

The Razorbacks made six Sweet 16 appearances — and won a national title — in a seven-year span in the 1990s under coach Nolan Richardson. But they had not been back since 1996, at least not until Sunday. Arkansas finally made it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 68-66 win over No. 6 seed Texas Tech. It constitutes a remarkable turnaround for the program in coach Eric Musselman’s second season, and the Razorbacks may not be done yet. They will play No. 15 seed Oral Roberts in the Sweet 16 and enter with the advantage of having beaten the Golden Eagles 87-76 back in December

Winner: Loyola Chicago does it again

CBS analyst Bill Raftery said it best late in the second half of No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago’s 71-58 upset of No. 1 seed Illinois on Sunday. “This is not only divine intervention,” Raftery said. “This is great basketball.” 

It was a perfect summation of Sunday’s action. Though the nation loves the Ramblers for their heartwarming persona as a mid-major darling that is championed by a spiritual force in the form of 101-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean, there is nothing flukish about the way this team plays. In fact, this team is held in higher regard by metrics maven Ken Pomeroy than the 2018 Final Four squad was. Still, though, the Ramblers’ ruthless efficiency was somewhat surprising. Their only other game against a Big Ten team this season was a 14-point loss against Wisconsin. But the combination of divine intervention and great basketball was lethal Sunday, and Loyola is rambling on to the Sweet 16. 

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Winner: Loyola Chicago does it again

CBS analyst Bill Raftery said it best late in the second half of No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago’s 71-58 upset of No. 1 seed Illinois on Sunday. “This is not only divine intervention,” Raftery said. “This is great basketball.” 

It was a perfect summation of Sunday’s action. Though the nation loves the Ramblers for their heartwarming persona as a mid-major darling that is championed by a spiritual force in the form of 101-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean, there is nothing flukish about the way this team plays. In fact, this team is held in higher regard by metrics maven Ken Pomeroy than the 2018 Final Four squad was. Still, though, the Ramblers’ ruthless efficiency was somewhat surprising. Their only other game against a Big Ten team this season was a 14-point loss against Wisconsin. But the combination of divine intervention and great basketball was lethal Sunday, and Loyola is rambling on to the Sweet 16. — Cobbhttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=cbssports&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-3&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1373701672376094720&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fcollege-basketball%2Fnews%2Fncaa-tournament-scores-winners-and-losers-big-12-fizzles-in-second-round-after-perfect-start-in-big-dance%2F&siteScreenName=cbssports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Loser: Illinois falls short of its potential

The Illini had won 15 of their last 16 games entering Sunday’s contest, and their impressive run through the Big Ten Tournament suggested a deep run in the NCAA Tournament was something of a foregone conclusion. Perhaps the gripe about Loyola Chicago deserving a better seed is legitimate, and maybe the Illini got a raw deal by having to play the Ramblers so early, but are we really supposed to feel sympathy for Illinois because of that? Illinois did not play like a No. 1 seed on Sunday. In fact, it never led. A few more days before playing an unfamiliar Missouri Valley Conference foe would have been beneficial, but the beauty of this tournament is the unpredictability produced by single-elimination format. You can’t turn in a dud performance and expect to advance, and the Illini learned that the hard way Sunday as their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 ended in bitter fashion. — Cobb

Winner: Baylor puts on sharpshooting show

The No. 1 3-point shooting team (41.4% beyond the arc) in the country, Baylor rolled out an efficient offensive outing — as it is wont to do — to escape without a scratch vs. Wisconsin. The Bears won 76-63 behind an 8-of-17 performance from distance and four turnovers. Five different players knocked down shots from beyond the arc as the Bears advanced to the Sweet 16 for just the fifth time in program history. — Boone

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