This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
Site: Indianapolis, IN
Tip-off: Saturday, 5:15pm
Three of the top-five seeds in the South Region advanced to the Sweet 16. And then there was Oral Roberts. Cinderella brought out her dancing shoes, as the Golden Eagles became just the second No. 15 seed in tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16. The only other No. 15 seed to advance this far? Dunk City's Florida Gulf Coast University, which also got to the Sweet 16 in 2013. ORU defeated Big Ten titan Ohio State in an overtime thriller in the first round, followed by another narrow escape versus No. 7 seed Florida in the second round. Oral Roberts would become the first No. 15 ever to make the Elite 8 if they can beat Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks, meanwhile, overcame a slow start versus No. 14 Colgate in round one, then eked out a win over Texas Tech to punch their ticket to the program's first Sweet 16 in 25 years.
On the flip side of this region, rumors of Villanova's demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Picked by many to lose to Winthrop in the classic 12-5 trap game in the first round, the Wildcats instead dispatched of two lower seeds, each by double-digits, to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last five tournaments. Props to No. 13 North Texas, which upset No. 4 Purdue in the first round before succumbing to the Wildcats. It