Jeff Huth: Sweet 16 breakdown

Jeff Huth: Sweet 16 breakdown

1. Penn State
Superlative senior class eager to leave the same way it entered — with a national title.

2. Texas
Defending champions own longest active streak of consecutive Sweet 16 appearances — eight.

3. Stanford
Cardinal is the all-time winningest program in NCAA tournament history, with 103 victories.

4. Washington
Two more wins and Huskies will have rare opportunity to play in a Final Four in home city.

5. Southern Cal
Regional host Trojans are 0-2 against a Washington team they could meet in Elite Eight.

6. Nebraska
Lincoln Regional final could be rematch of Sept. 22 Nebraska-Texas five-setter (Longhorns won).

7. Minnesota
Gophers no strangers to Lexington Regional venue; went 1-1 there in September in Bluegrass Battle.

8. San Diego
Ninth-seeded Toreros have tough Sweet 16 assignment: host Nebraska is 15-2 on its home court.

9. Illinois
Kevin Hambly has guided Illini to four Sweet 16s in his five years as program’s head coach.

10. Florida State
Seminoles, losers to Illini in season opener, enter Champaign Regional on a 17-2 streak since Oct. 5.

11. Purdue
During current six-match winning streak, Boilers have defeated No. 8 seed Nebraska and No. 4 seed Missouri.

12. Wisconsin
In Sweet 16 for first time since 2006, Badgers are 1-2 vs. Champaign Regional field but 10-0 in neutral-site matches.

13. Michigan State
Spartans face second-seeded Penn State, a team they beat to open Big Ten race, in Sweet 16.

14. Brigham Young
Unseeded Cougars swept 11th-seeded Hawaii to reach Sweet 16 for second consecutive year.

15. Kansas
In fifth NCAA tournament, 14th-seeded Jayhawks making their inaugural appearance in a Sweet 16.

16. American
Eleven-time Patriot League champs, who’ve yet to lose a postseason set, are surprise team of NCAA tourney.

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