How sweet it is

And then there were 16…The final 16 teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament have advanced with a few surprises. Two Big Ten teams played spoiler when Wisconsin ousted Villanova and Michigan took down Louisville. A tough Xavier team made it look easy against Florida St. And finally the Gamecocks of South Carolina broke many a bracket by taking down a Duke team that was looking to make a run to another Final Four. By beating the border state rival, the Gamecocks earned their first visit to the Sweet 16 in school history.

Along with these teams are some familiar faces in the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and North Carolina. Advancing for the third year in a row is a Gonzaga team that is hoping to make its first trip to the Final Four in school history and they have proved to have the capability to do it. The only seed that advanced all 4 teams was the #4 as Florida, West Virginia, Purdue and Butler were all victorious in their two games. The #3 seed also fared well with Baylor, Oregon and UCLA all moving on.

All 16 teams have shown that they belong among the top teams fighting for a shot at the Championship. These teams are chock-full of talented players waiting to showcase their skills to a wide public as well as a select few (NBA scouts). As games start up on Thursday, many of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft will be playing. This could be their last shot to impress. The following is a list of players likely to be chosen in the 1st round of the upcoming NBA draft. Keep an eye on them as you watch and prepare to be dazzled. Enjoy the games!

  • Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
  • Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA
  • TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA
  • De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
  • Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
  • Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
  • Alonzo Trier, SG, Arizona
  • Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
  • Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
  • Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
  • Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor
  • Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga