The Sweet 16 is the first round of the NCAA tournament that is held at all four of the regional sites. Generally, the Sweet 16 is the goal for most of the lower seeds and most of the higher seed are expected to make it to this third round of the main draw. After teams compete, they play in the regional final, also known as the Elite 8, to see who goes to the Final Four. When you purchase tickets for these games you get both Sweet 16 games for Session 1, and you’ll get the Elite 8 game for Session 2. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Sweet 16 basketball tickets.
2017 Sweet 16 Preview
The 2017 Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA Tournament will take to the courts on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27. The first day of the 2017 Sweet 16, March 26, will pit qualifying teams from the West & Midwest regions leaving the second day, March 27, to those in the South & East regions. Locations for the 2017 Sweet 16 games include the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California (West), NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (South), Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (Midwest), and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York (East). The teams that come out on top in the 2017 Sweet 16 will advance to the NCAA Tournament's Elite 8 games.
2011 – (1) Ohio State vs. (4) Kentucky
Ohio State was one of the favorite to win the tournament, but Kentucky was able to pull off the 62-60 upset on the #1 seed behind the play of Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins. National Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and racked up 16 rebounds for the Buckeyes, but Kentucky held William Buford to only 2-of-16 shooting in the win.
2011 - (10) Florida State vs. (11) VCU
Part of VCU’s unlikely march to the Final Four in 2011, Virginia Commonweath took down Florida State in a 72-71 overtime win. It was a great game and it led to one of the best postseason runs in NCAA history.
2010 – (1) Syracuse vs. (5) Butler
Butler beat Syracuse 63-59 to make the Elite 8 for the first time in school history in 2010, and ended up streaking all the way into the National Championship game against Duke. Butler came out to a 10-point lead at half time, stunning the Orangemen that were heavily favored to go through.
2008 – (3) Wisconsin vs. (10) Davidson
The world began to find out exactly who Stephen Curry was, as the sharpshooter scored 33 points and had four steals in the major upset of Wisconsin 73-56. Davidson outscored the Badgers 22-20 by himself in the second half, sending Wisconsin packing way before everyone expected them to.