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There was just one upset in the DII Sweet 16, and it was only slight. Towson, ranked No. 9, beat seventh-ranked UNC-Wilmington 39-11. That shouldn't come as too big a surprise, considering Towson's one game from making its third Final Four in as many years. In every other match-up, the team ranked higher in our DII rankings won.
Of the eight teams in the quarterfinal rounds, six were ranked in our top eight. Towson was ranked ninth. Coast Guard was ranked 12th and beat unranked Niagara. SLU was ranked 14th and downed unranked Colorado College.
Also of note is the fact that both at-large teams won their way into the quarterfinals, and the team (Colorado College) that didn't play a single DII team in the regular season (but rather a smattering of DI second sides and some NSCRO teams) was beaten by SLU, who finished second in the Gateway to Principia, who opted to compete at 7s Nationals instead of 15s.
In the quarterfinals, SLU will likely be up against it in facing a much larger Duluth team. Salisbury is expected to take care of business against Coast Guard. And the Towson versus UW-Whitewater and James Madison versus Illinois State games ought to provide closer score lines.