Five teams partnered with Fan Frenzy Gifts made it into March Madness, the crown jewel of all sporting events. Here's a breakdown of those schools with their seeding and matchups.
North Dakota State will play as one of the first teams in the tournament against NC Central on Wednesday night. If they win, they move to bracket spot #16 to face off #1 Duke, whom many pick to win it all.
The Bison finished the season 18-15 and were led by Vinnie Shahid who averages nearly 13 points a game with three assists. You can view our North Dakota State products here.
The Iowa Schools
In the South Region, the Iowa Hawkeyes will play as the 10th seed and face #7 Cincinnati on Friday afternoon. According to a blurb from ESPN, it might be best to avoid picking an Iowa school in your brackets. They write:
The Hawkeyes were the kings of clutch wins in the closing seconds (three wins by two points or fewer). But Fran McCaffery's squad has been in a free fall since mid-February, going 2-6 in its last eight games -- a byproduct of a defense ranked 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams.
The Iowa State Cyclones will play in the Midwest Region where they get a draw with Ohio State. The Cylones are the higher seed, it's a #6 vs #11 matchup, but many are picking the Buckeyes as a popular upset. However, Iowa State deploys Marial Shayok at guard who averages 18.7 points per game. In addition, the team has three other players who average double figures. The talent and depth is there to make a run.
After winning the Pac-12 Championship, the Oregon Ducks were awarded the 12th seed and a date with Wisconsin. Oregon started slow, and only finished with a 10-8 conference record, but they have won eight straight games, so they enter the tournament hot.
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Like Oregon, the Aggies are hot as they've won 10 in a row including big wins over 12th ranked Nevada and then the conference championship over San Diego State last weekend. After pre-season selections pegged the Ags to finish 9th in conference, Utah State surpassed expectations with a 28-6 record while collecting the Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Conference Player of the Year awards. According to ESPN, "Sam Merrill (21.2 PPG) is a star, and Utah State is a sleeper team you should know."
Utah State plays as the 8th seed, going up against Pac-12 foe Washington on Friday evening. Should they win, they'd likely play #1 seed North Carolina in the next round.
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