Sweet Sixteen

What does sweet sixteen mean?

Last 16 teams in a tournament

A sports term that represents the last 16 teams in the NCAA Men's or Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.

The last 16 teams in the tournament are the last 4 teams in each of the West, East, Midwest, and South regions. The winner of each Sweet Sixteen game goes on to the Elite 8, then the Final Four, and finally the championship game. The term may also appear as "Sweet 16."


I can't believe we haven't been to the Sweet Sixteen in over 10 years!

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Updated June 15, 2018

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