Josh Hall (33) of the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrates with Hallice Cooke (13) after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second half in the second round of the 2018 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 18, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Atlanta bound: Four left in South Regional are bracket busters

They come to Atlanta amid chaos.

The NCAA Tournament South Regional will feature four teams that weren’t supposed to be here - some more than others.

The regional finals, to be played at Philips Arena on Thursday and Saturday, will feature a low seed of No. 5. It’s the first time in tournament history that a regional final will be played without a Top 4 seed among the four participants.

The No. 5 seed is Kentucky. The Wildcats, SEC Tournament champions, advanced by defeating No. 12 Davidson and No. 13 Buffalo, the team that sent No. 4 Arizona packing in the opening round.

Kentucky will play No. 9 Kansas State, which held off No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County. UMBC pulled off the greatest upset in tournament history by defeating No. 1 seed Virginia in the first round, the first No. 16 to defeat a No. 1. Kansas State opened with a win over No. 8 Creighton.

On the other side. No. 7 Nevada will play No. 11 Loyola-Chicago.

Nevada defeated No. 10 Texas in the opening round and then rallied from a 22-point deficit to defeat No. 2 Cincinnati in dramatic fashion.

Loyola-Chicago began the tournament with a win over No. 6 Miami, interestingly thought of the biggest upset of the tournament at the time. It then sent No. 3 Tennessee packing with a second-round win. The two victories came by a total of three points.

Mark Bradley on Nevada’s victory in Nashville.

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