The Cougars became the first top seed to advance to the Sweet 16 after two had already fallen, and prevented what could have been the best day in SEC basketball history.

The NCAA tournament bracket was bending, breaking, busted. It was open season on No. 1 seeds: Purdue had gone down Friday night; Kansas was laid low Saturday evening. And while Arkansas was completing that upset of the Jayhawks, a third No. 1, Houston, was staggering.