NCAA Tournament 2014: 16 Things to Know Heading into the Sweet 16

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NCAA Tournament 2014: 16 Things to Know Heading into the Sweet 16
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It’s amazing how four days of basketball can dash so many hopes and dreams around the country. I’m talking about our brackets, of course (did you think I meant the actual players, coaches and schools?), as multiple first-round upsets and a few wonderful sleepers have dismantled most of our plans for bracket brilliance this season.

Me? I still have all four of my Final Four picks alive, which feels like a perfect bracket just the same. (Where’s my billion dollars? Seriously.)

Even though most of our brackets were summarily busted thanks to a few early upsets, that doesn’t mean the Sweet 16 in the 2014 NCAA tournament won't be every bit as exciting as the first two (read: three) rounds of play.

This has been a great tournament so far, and the next two rounds should prove to be just as enjoyable as we continue on that long winding road to North Texas for the Final Four.

Here are 16 things worth knowing about some of the teams that left the party earlier than expected, and those 16 teams still out there dancing.

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