NCAA Tournament 2011: Power Ranking Each Sweet 16 Team

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Power Ranking Each Sweet 16 Team
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The first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Tournament—or three if you're keeping with the NCAA's insanity—are in the books, and the field gave viewers a more exciting first weekend than I can ever remember.  The bracket used one thrilling finish after another to whittle itself down to a Sweet 16, which is where we stand now.

This year's Sweet 16 features seeds eight or lower in five of its spots due to some wild and unexpected upsets.  Indeed, the upsets have been rampant with a No. 1 seed (Pitt) falling, a No. 2 going down (Notre Dame), two No. 3's (Syracuse and Purdue) and two No. 4's (Texas and Louisville).  That's six of the top 16 seeds gone in the first weekend.

What's left is a collection of Cinderellas, powerhouses and hopefuls heading into the regionals.  No team, even the remaining top seeds, are safe from a shocking upset at this point.

With that said, it's time to power rank the Sweet 16 based on what we've seen in each team's play through two games.    

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