2020 NCAA Tournament Sim: West Region, Round 2
Who from the West Coast will go to the next round.
Another double-digit Sweet 16 team moves on.
Our NCAA Tournament simulation continues with the West Region and there will be another double-digit team that makes the Sweet 16 in either No. 10 Texas Tech who takes on No. 15 Eastern Washington. The rest of the region had higher seeds advance.
Also, as a reminder, these games are simulated just one time over at What If Sports to determine the winner.
The first top seed goes down as LSU came from behind to easily defeat Gonzaga by 15 points. The Bulldogs had a first half lead but the scoring just was not there in the second half as they were outscored by 22. The Tigers had six players in double figures to make it to the Sweet 16.
The Pac-12 continues to do well in this tournament as the Oregon Ducks routed Butler by 28 points. The Bulldogs had just one player in double figures with Kamar Baldwin who put up 17 points, and as a team, Butler shot just 39 percent from the field. The Ducks had an all-out offensive blitz, particularly in the second half, and they made 50 percent from beyond the arc. Payton Pritchard led the way with 5 of 8 from three-point range and 23 points in the win.
The offense was on in this game and the Pirates got the victory by converting from beyond the arc by making 12 of 21 and it also helped that they had the scoring spread apart with four in double figures. Penn State did all it could to keep up but their own outside shooting was not helpful.
Eastern Washington is not following what Florida Gulf Coast did a few years ago by being a 15 seed and making the Sweet 16. Texas Tech got the win in a hard fought game. The first half had this a one point game in favor of the Eagles, but the difference began when the Red Raiders went on a 9-2 run to pull away just enough to get the win and advance to the Sweet 16.