Maize n Brew’s NCAA Tournament 2020 simulation rolls along with the opening round of action on what is usually one of the greatest sporting weekends of the year. But all we have now is time and the internet, so we are putting both to use.
The simulations are being run via ncaagamesim.com by selecting the matchups and compiling them based on what happens with ONE CLICK of the mouse. This is the best way for us to simulate the chaos that could ensue during a single basketball game.
Here are your results for Friday’s games, which would have taken place in Omaha, Greensboro, Cleveland and Sacramento.
Omaha: (1) Kansas 75, (16) Siena 60
If I were a betting man, I would have Kansas as the favorite heading into this whole thing. They take care of business right off the bat.
Omaha: (8) Colorado 64, (9) Marquette 57
The Buffs are moving on and get a date with Kansas on Sunday afternoon.
Greensboro: (6) Iowa 92, (11) NC State 74
Here comes the Luka Garza show. It would have been an absolute blast to see what he had to do in March compared to Obi Toppin.
Greensboro: (3) Maryland 82, (14) Bradley 68
Maryland advances for a Big Ten showdown on Sunday, which would have been an interesting juxtaposition considering how fun the league was this year.
Cleveland: (1) Dayton 86, (16) Boston U. 60
Dayton’s run through the NCAA Tournament was going to be one of the most fun storylines to watch this year. Toppin and company take their first game in a laugher.
Cleveland: (9) Florida 77, (8) Providence 62
Mike White’s squad is always a tough out in the first round and now gets a shot to play spoiler on Sunday.
Greensboro: (5) Ohio State 71, (12) Yale 68
The Buckeyes avoid an upset from one of the more popular sleeper teams in the tournament.
Greensboro: (13) Vermont 69, (4) Louisville 53
What a massive upset here. Another titan goes down.
Sacramento: (12) Stephen F. Austin 88, (5) BYU 75
Another 5-12 upset after they had sort of fallen out of style in the last few years.
Sacramento: (4) Oregon 75, (13) North Texas 68
I would have loved to see what Peyton Pritchard did in this tournament. He’s low-key one of the better players in the country. The Ducks move on.
Sacramento: (7) Arizona 72, (10) Texas Tech 71
This one looks like it would have been the wildest games of this tournament simulation to this point. We live for these moments.
Sacramento: (2) Florida State 79, (15) Eastern Washington 68
This wound up being one of the closer top-two seed games, but FSU pulled away at the end.
Omaha: (1) Baylor 98, (16) Winthrop 71
Baylor’s offensive explosion sends them into the round of 32 without any drama.
Omaha: (9) Rutgers 69, (8) LSU 60
Rutgers wins the race to 69 and moves into the round of 32 in one of the best stories in college hoops this year.
Cleveland: (6) Michigan 69, (11) E. Tennessee State 68
Talk about a close call! Michigan was on the ropes, but was able to avoid a big-time upset and set up a rematch from the 1989 national title game.
Cleveland: (3) Seton Hall 92, (14) Belmont 58
And there’s your rematch for Sunday after Seton Hall takes care of business.
We’ll be back on Saturday to open up the Round of 32 and send our first eight teams to the Sweet Sixteen.