March Madness suddenly became March sadness with the coronavirus. We have no live sports and that’s probably going to stay that way for a while. I like many others fans were disappointed to see the NCAA tournament get cancelled. Every wonders what would have happened and who would have won? Well let’s run a little simulation shall we? Using the final ESPN bracketology and a NCAA game simualtor, we here at The Score 1260 will show you how the 2020 NCAA Tournament would have gone down! Ready? Let’s begin!
#1 Kansas 95, #16 Siena 45
Jayhawks dominate the Saints as Devon Dotson and Ochai Agbaji each have 19 points for Kansas. No big upset here
#8 Houston 65, #9 Marquette 62
Despite 23 points from Markus Howard, it’s not enough to advance the Golden Eagles to the next round and ends a stellar college career
#5 Auburn 70, #12 Liberty 50
So far in this region all chalk as Samir Doughty leads the way for the Tigers scoring 15 points and extinguishing the Flames of Liberty
#4 Wisconsin 77, #13 North Texas 48
The Badgers dominate as Brad Davidson and Kobe King combine for 33 points to move on to the second round
#6 Iowa 85, #11 East Tennessee State 76
Luka Garza goes OFF as he scores 31 points and gets 9 rebounds as the Hawkeyes avoid the upset
#14 Belmont 65, Duke 63
DOWN GOES THE BLUE DEVILS!!! Nick Muszynski is the hero for the Bruins as he scores 15 points and knocks out Duke!
#10 Arizona State 65, #7 Providence 57
We got another (mini) upset! Remy Martin, Romello White and Rob Edwards each score 13 points to help the Sun Devils down the Friars
#2 Kentucky 80, #15 North Dakota State 61
The Wildcats have no problem with the Bisons as Ashton Hagans drops 22 points for Kentucky
Midwest Second Round
#1 Kansas 69, #8 Houston 52
Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16 as Devon Dotson has another big game scoring 25 points and Udoka Azubuike gets a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds
#4 Wisconsin 74, #5 Auburn 72
The Badgers survive in a close one as the Badgers have 5 players score in double digits and now are on their way to Indianapolis!
#6 Iowa 90, #14 Belmont 68
The Bruins are no match for the might Hawkeyes as Luka Garza gets a double double with 22 points and 12 rebounds
#2 Kentucky 87, #10 Arizona State 58
The Wildcats once again have no issues as Tyrese Maxey drops 22 points on the Sun Devils
Midwest Sweet 16
#1 Kansas 91, #4 Wisconsin 55
Yikes the Badgers go out on a sad note as once again Devotn Dotson and Udoka Azubuike lead the way combining to score 42 points and move on!
#6 Iowa 78, #2 Kentucky 75
HAWKEYES STUN THE WILDCATS!!! Luka Garza will Iowa to the Elite 8 scoring 30 points and are now one win away from Atlanta!
Midwest Elite 8
#6 Iowa 94, #1 Kansas 85
For the first time since 1980 the Hawkeyes are heading to the Final Four! This time Joe Wisekamp is the hero the Hawkeyes scoring 26 points and pulling down 11 rebounds! Iowa is on to Atlanta!
#1 Dayton 80, #16 Robert Morris 61
The Colonials win their first round game but that is as far as they go. Obi Toppin puts up an insane 36 points as the Flyers move on
#9 Florida 67, #8 Colorado 65
The Buffaloes try to close in on the Gators but it’s not enough as Scottie Lewis and Kerry Blackshear Jr combine for 27 points
#5 Butler 70, #12 Texas 43
The Longhorns beat Richmond in the First Four but fail to show up against the Bulldogs as Kamar Baldwin score 20 for Butler
#4 Maryland 70, #13 Akron 52
Teprs have no issues with the Zips as Jalen Smith scores 14 points and has 14 rebounds and move on with ease
#6 Penn State 74, #11 NC State 73
The Nittany Lions hang on for dear life in this back and forth contest. Braxton Beverly hits the shot to get NC State within 1 but are unable to get one last final possession
#3 Villanova 83, #14 Hofstra 58
Wildcats get 5 players to score in double digits led by Collin Gillespie with 19 points over the Pride
#7 West Virginia 67, #10 Utah State 61
A close effort by the Aggies just ins’t enough as Derek Culver leads the Mountaineers with 15 points and gets West Virginia to the next round
#15 Northern Kentucky 72, #2 Florida State 69
The Norse with the upset of the tournament! The Seminoles miss a 3 pointer at the buzzer that would have tide the game. Dantez Walton is there hero for Northern Kentucky scoring 27 points ang ives the Norse their first ever NCAA tournament win!
East Region Second Round
#1 Dayton 84, #9 Florida 71
Flyers moving on to the Sweet 16 for the 7th time in program history as Jalen Crutcher steps up for the Flyers scoring 22 points
#5 Butler 68, #4 Maryland 64
The Terps for the second year in a row lose a heart breaker in the second round. Kamar Baldwin steps again for the Bulldogs scoring 19 points
#3 Villanova 64, #6 Penn State 60
The Wildcats breathe a sigh of relief as Penn State misses a three late that would have made it a one point game. Collin Gillespie once again leads the way with 22 points
#7 West Virginia 60, #15 Northern Kentucky 49
The Cinderella runs comes to an end for the Norse as Derek Culver, Jermaine Haley and Oscar Tshiebwe combine for 36 points for the Mountaineers
East Region Sweet 16
#5 Butler 76, #1 Dayton 74
The Flyers magical season comes to an end as Obi Toppin misses a last second shot to tie the game. Kamar Baldwin once again leads Butler in scoring with 21 points
#7 West Virginia 82, #3 Villanova 74
The Mountaineers stun the college basketball world as they crush the Wildcats. Oscar Tshiebwe is the hero for the Mountaineers scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds
East Region Elite 8
#5 Butler 76, #7 West Virginia 65
The Bulldogs return back to the Final Four for the 3rd time in program history and the 1st since 2011! Kamar Baldwin becomes a national name dropping 29 points and making 5 thee pointers! Bulldogs going to Atlanta!
#1 Gonzaga 87, #16 Prairie View A&M 60
No problem here for the Bulldogs as Philip Petrusev gets a double double with 21 points and 13 rebounds
#8 LSU 73, #9 Oklahoma 58
Tigers are all over the Sooners as Skylar Mays drops 21 points for LSU and sends Oklahoma packing
#12 Yale 93, #5 Michigan 63
HOLY YALE!!! Not only do the Bulldogs pull off the upset but they crush they life out of the Wolverines! Jordan Bruner comes through for the Bulldogs scoring 22 points and shocks the sports world!
#4 Oregon 68, #13 New Mexico State 48
Ducks take care of business against the Aggies with Anthony Mathis and Payton Pritchard combining for 33 points
#6 BYU 78, #11 Indiana 62
The Cougars put up a strong offensive showing as Yoeli Childs scores 26 points and Jake Toolson scores 23 points to down the Hoosiers
#3 Seton Hall 89, #14 Eastern Washington 48
Pirates sail by the Eagles thanks in part to Sandro Mamukelashvili scoring 23 points and Myles Powell with 19 points for Seton Hall
#10 Texas Tech 79, #7 Arizona 67
The Red Raiders start their journey back to the Final Four with a solid win over the Wildcats. Jahmi’us Ramsey scores 17 points for Texas Tech
#2 San Diego State 60, #15 UC Irvine 54
The Aztecs avoid going down in round one as Yanni Wetzell and Matt Mitchell come together for 25 points in a sloppy game for San Diego State
West Region Second Round
#8 LSU 76, #1 Gonzaga 68
The Tigers stun the Bulldogs and are back in the Sweet 16! Skylar Mays once again leads the way for LSU scoring 20 points as the Tigers head to Los Angeles!
#4 Oregon 102, #12 Yale 47
Umm….not sure how this happened considering Yale scored 93 points two days ago!? But nonetheless the Ducks head to the next round as 6 players for Oregon scores double digit points! Payton Pritchard scores 21 points and adds 8 assists to his total
#3 Seton Hall 103, #6 BYU 97
The Pirates and Cougars have an offensive shootout but it’s Seton Hall who comes out on top as Myles Powell drops 36 points!!! Pirates on to the Sweet 16
#2 San Diego State 74, Texas Tech 60
It’s the end of the road for the Red Raiders KJ Feagin and Malachi Flynn combine for 44 points to advance the Aztecs to the city of angles!
West Region Sweet 16
#4 Oregon 92, #8 LSU 90
Skylar Mays has a chance for LSU to hit the game winner but turns the ball over at the end. Payton Pritchard scores 23 points and the go ahead 3 point shot to send the Ducks to the Elite 8!
#3 Seton Hall 81, #2 San Diego State 58
Myles Powell continues to show why he is one of the best players in the nation scoring 22 points and grabbing 9 rebounds as the Pirates make it one win away from the Final Four.
West Region Elite 8
#3 Seton Hall 58, #4 Oregon 55
The Pirates go to the Final Four for the first time since 1989! Myles Powell scores 13 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili adds another 12 to advance Seton Hall to Atlanta!
#1 Baylor 85, #16 Winthrop 74
Credit the Eagles for playing within 10 points but the Bears are just too much. Jared Butler leads the way with 17 points in a too close for comfort first round matchup
#9 Rutgers 82, #8 St. Mary’s 76
The Scarlet Knights make it to the Big Dance and get a win! Jr’Ron Harper leads Rutgers with 22 points and makes the state of New Jersey proud!
#5 Ohio State 85. #12 Stephen F Austin 71
Buckeyes move on to the next round with 5 players scoring in the double digits for Ohio State
#4 Louisville 75, #13 Vermont 72
The Cardinals just barely survive as Anthony Lamb of Vermont misses the game tying three at the buzzer. Jordan Nwora scores 26 points and Cardinals live to fight another day
#6 Virginia 68, #11 Cincinnati 67
The Cavaliers get some March magic as Mamadi Diakite scores 22 points and hits a game winning jumper to keep the season alive and their chances of repeating alive once more!
#3 Michigan State 80, #14 Bradley 49
Spartans have no issue with Bradley as Xavier Tillman gets a double double with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Michigan State
#7 Illinois 73, #10 USC 65
All four Big Ten teams in this region move forward with a Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu each scoring 14 points for the Illini
#2 Creighton 91, #15 Little Rock 65
Blue Jays flying on to the next round with ease as Damien Jefferson drops 28 points and Creighton flexes their offensive muscles!
South Region Second Round
#9 Rutgers 80, #1 Baylor 62
ANOTHER 1 SEED GOES DOWN!!! Akwasi Yeboah scores 18 points and leads the Scarlet Knights to the Sweet 16 for the 3rd time in program history!
#4 Louisville 87, #5 Ohio State 73
The Cardinals aren’t winning close this time around as Jordan Nwora and Samuell Williamson each score 14 points for Louisville
#3 Michigan State 70, #6 Virginia 66
Two Final Four teams from a year ago battle it out but the Spartans end any chance for a Cavaliers repeat opportunity. Xavier Tillam scores 18 to lead Michigan State to Houston
#2 Creighton 72, #7 Illinois 56
Blue Jays show that they got depth with 5 different players scoring double digits and Creighton heads to the next round!
South Region Sweet 16
#4 Louisville 69, #9 Rutgers 61
The magical journey for the Scarlet Knights comes to an end Jordan Nwora records a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Louisville
#2 Creighton 80, #3 Michigan State 67
The Blue Jays just completely overwhelm the Spartans as Ty-Shon Alexander scores 25 points to advance Creighton to the Elite 8!
South Region Elite 8
#2 Creighton 72, Louisville 66
For the first time ever in program history the Creighton Blue Jays are going to the Final Four! Once again 5 different player for the Blue Jays score double digits and it is party time in Omaha!
#5 Butler 84, #6 Iowa 72
The Bulldogs are heading back to the national title game for the first time since 2011! Butler’s hero in this one are Sean McDermott who scores 26 points and Kamar Baldwin with 23 points!
#3 Seton Hall 63, #2 Creighton 57
In this all Big East semifinal, the Pirates head to the national title game thanks to Myles Powell scoring 20 points! We now have an all Big East national championship game just like we all expected!
#5 Butler 67, #3 Seton Hall 56
Congratulations to the Butler Bulldogs winning their first ever national championship in program history! Kamar Baldwin becomes a March Madness legend scoring 25 points for the Bulldogs and becoming a hero in Indiana! The Butler Bulldogs are your official Score 1260 national champions!