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Ohio State advances to second round of SB Nation FanPulse March Madness

Voting ends for this round tonight! Help get the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16!

What? You thought college basketball was done for the season? Well, you thought wrong, my friends, because we here at SB Nation are running through the NCAA men’s basketball tournament via our patented FanPulse surveys.

Of course, we know that the Ohio State Buckeyes have already rightfully earned the official*, undisputed** national championship, and that you can get the t-shirt to celebrate, but we are going to placate our SBN colleagues anyway.

* not official
** completely disputed

Voting for the second round of the tournament ends on Tuesday, March 24, so if you want to get involved in helping push the No. 5 Buckeyes past No. 4 Seton Hall and into the Sweet 16, make sure to sign up NOW!

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South Region

The No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats, No. 3 Maryland Terrapins, and No. 4 Seton Hall Pirates all coasted in their opening round match-ups, winning with 90 percent of the vote or more, while the Buckeyes beat those smartypants at Yale with 74 percent of the vote.

SBN FanPulse South Region Voting

Team Vote Team Vote
Team Vote Team Vote
No. 1 Kansas 96% No. 16 Prarie View A&M/NC Central 4% (combined)
No. 8 St. Mary's 69% (nice) No. 9 USC 31%
No. 5 OHIO STATE 74% No. 12 Yale 26%
No. 4 Seton Hall 90% No. 13 Akron 10%
No. 6 Virginia 71% No. 11 Utah State 29%
No. 3 Maryland 92% No. 14 Bradley 8%
No. 7 Providence 51% No 10 ETSU 49%
No. 2 Kentucky 96% No. 15 Boston 4%

In the second round, the match-ups will be:

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 St. Mary’s
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Seton Hall
No. 6 Virginia vs. No. 3 Maryland
No. 7 Providence vs. No. 2 Kentucky

Vote now, or forever hold your peace, Buckeye fans.


West Region

Out west, No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 San Diego State, and No. 3 Duke all cruised in their first contests, while No. 9 Oklahoma, 10 Texas Tech, and No. 11 Marquette pulled the opening-round upsets by beating No. 8 Colorado, No. 7 LSU, and No. 6 BYU respectively.

SBN FanPulse West Region Voting

Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
No. 1 Gonzaga 97% No. 16 Northern Kentucky 3%
No. 9 Oklahoma 59% No. 8 Colorado 41%
No. 5 Iowa 74% No. 22 Liberty 26%
No. 4 Oregon 84% No. 13 Belmont 16%
No. 11 Marquette 52% No. 6 BYU 48%
No. 3 Duke 93% No. 14 North Texas 7%
No. 10 Texas Tech 67% No. 7 LSU 33%
No. 2 San Diego State 96% No. 15 Eastern Washington 4%

In the second round, the match-ups will be:

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Oklahoma
No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 4 Oregon
No. 11 Marquette vs. No. 3 Duke
No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 San Diego State


Midwest Region

The Midwest region saw the first loss for the Big Ten, as the No. 10 Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell to No. 7 West Virginia. However, the boys from Jersey did put up a fight, falling just 54% to 46%.

Also in the region, the No. 1 Baylor Bears, No. 2 Florida State Seminoles, and No. 3 Villanova Wildcats all destroyed their first-round opponents. Despite Rutgers’ loss, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 6 Penn State represented the B1G well.

SBN FanPulse Midwest Region

Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
No. 1 Baylor 97% No. 16 Winthrop 3%
No. 9 Arizona State 52% No. 8 Houston 48%
No. 5 Butler 64% No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 36%
No. 4 Wisconsin 84% No. 12 New Mexico State 16%
No. 6 Penn State 58% No. 11 Texas/NC State 20%/22%
No. 3 Villanova 95% No. 14 Hofstra 5%
No. 7 West Virginia 54% No. 10 Rutgers 46%
No. 2 Florida State 95% No. 15 Little Rock 5%

In the second round, the match-ups will be:

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 9 Arizona State
No. 5 Butler vs. No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 6 Penn state vs. No. 3 Villanova
No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 2 Florida State


East Region

In the east, the No. 1 Dayton Flyers continued their season-long dominance, while No. 2 Creighton and No. 3 Michigan State blitzed their opening round foes as well. Despite having to “play-in” to the tournament, No. 11 Indiana received 26% of the votes against No. 6 Auburn. However, they did fall, making the B1G 8-2 in the first round.

SBN FanPulse East Region Voting

Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
Winning Team Vote Losing Team Vote
No. 1 Dayton 96% No. 16 Sienna/Robert Morris 2%/2%
No. 9 Florida 55% No. 8 Arizona 45%
No. 5 M*ch*g*n 70% No. 12 Cincinnati 30%
No. 4 Louisville 85% No. 13 Vermont 15%
No. 6 Auburn 64% No. 11 Indiana/Richmond 26%/10%
No. 3 Michigan State 94% No. 14 UC Irvine 6%
No. 7 Illinois 57% No. 10 UCLA 43%
No. 2 Creighton 94% No. 15 North Dakota state 6%

In the second round, the match-ups will be:

No. 1 Dayton vs. No. 9 Florida
No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 4 Louisville
No. 6 Auburn vs. No. 3 Michigan State
No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 2 Creighton