UCLA survives, advances to Sweet 16: I'm of the feeling that champions of the NCAA Tournament have to be pushed to the brink. It could come in any round, but it will happen. Don't confuse a close win with overall vulnerability.
(But, yes: Having touted UCLA since November as my pick as champ, this one had me freaking right up until the final seconds.)
Meanwhile, so much for my prediction that Pitt would oust Memphis in the Sweet 16. But two cautions: (1) Given the trouble UCLA had with Texas A&M, don't think Memphis is a lock over Mississippi State tomorrow -- or Michigan State in the Sweet 16.
Everything else since Duke was ousted to start the day was pretty chalky: Stanford fans should be thanking some deity for that win; that was an NBA Lottery-player shot from Lopez to win the game.
Coming Sunday: TWO 12/13 games in Tampa, Stephen Curry vs. Hoya Paranoia and Tennessee vs. Butler (could be the best game of the day). I'm not sure that there will be as much craziness as there was on Friday, but that's probably because 4 of Friday's Cinderellas are all playing each other.