This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
Two of the four remaining double-digit seeds left in the NCAA Tournament are in the Midwest Region, and they are far from the only upsets we've seen thus far! Oregon State needed to win the Pac-12 tournament to get in the dance and the Beavers have now won five games in a row as an underdog to reach the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Syracuse was a bubble team for most of the season and has rode the hot hand of Buddy Boeheim, who has scored 25+ points in six of his last nine games.
Speaking of upset stories, the under-seeded Ramblers of Loyola Chicago have won eight in a row after knocking off top-seeded Illinois while holding Ayo Dosunmu to a season-low nine points. Stout defense has been their calling card, as the Ramblers have allowed just one opponent to score over 60 points in their last 20 games. Houston is the only team in the region that's been able to live up to their seed, and it needed a 14-2 run over the final five minutes to sneak by Rutgers.
Tip-off: Saturday, March 27
No. 8 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 12 Oregon State
Key Matchup: Cameron Krutwig vs. Roman Silva. I mentioned Krutwig as being my player to watch in the initial Midwest Region preview, and the big man hasn't disappointed, providing 14.5 points on an efficient 13-of-24 shooting with 8.5 rebounds over the opening weekend. Kofi Cockburn wasn't able to