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A Very Mad March

An upset-laden men's NCAA basketball tournament has narrowed its field down to the Final Four, with No. 9 Florida Atlantic set to take on No. 5 San Diego State (Saturday, 6 pm ET, CBS) and No. 4 Connecticut facing No. 5 Miami (Saturday, 8:30 pm ET, CBS). While each team has had a unique path to the final weekend, Connecticut enters the final two rounds having won each game by double digits, including a dominating 82-54 win over No. 3 Gonzaga Saturday.

This year's tournament on the men's side has been one of the most chaotic in league history. For just the second time, a No. 1 seed lost in the first round (Purdue), a No. 15 seed advanced to the Sweet Sixteen (Princeton), and for the first time since seeding began in 1979, no No. 1 teams made it to the Elite Eight. Many have compared it to 2014, which saw 19 upsets where a team seeded at least two spots lower than their opponent ended up victorious.

On the women's side, No. 3 Ohio State upset No. 2 Connecticut, ending an 18-year streak of Elite Eight appearances for the Huskies—the longest such streak in either men's or women's college basketball. See an updated bracket here.

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