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Power Ranking The Teams In The Sweet 16 [SLIDESHOW]

The Sweet 16 of March Madness begins on Thursday and the field this year is stacked with lots of teams capable of making some serious noise en route to a potential Final Four berth.

Here’s what you need to know about the teams that earned a spot in the Sweet 16.

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  • 16. The Gonzaga Bulldogs got two very easy matchups to start the tournament with Seton Hall and Utah. Those wins don't mean much and the Bulldogs don't have the talent to hang around much longer. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • 15. The Maryland Terrapins might have the most talent in America but poor teamwork has allowed them to lose multiple games that should have been easy wins. Maryland barely beat South Dakota State or Hawaii. Not a good sign at all with a matchup with Kansas looming on the horizon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
  • 14. The Miami Hurricanes have looked bad in both of their early games, and allowed VCU to pull back into the game. Luckily they only play Villanova next so a ticket to the Elite 8 doesn't seem too unlikely. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
  • 13. The Villanova Wildcats avoided the same fate of fellow mid-major school Xavier after beating Iowa to get to the Sweet 16. However they hardly showed anything to suggest a tournament run is left in the tank. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
  • 12. The Texas A&M Aggies fought back from a 12 point deficit in the final 34 seconds against UNI to get to the Sweet 16. However, Texas A&M has been overrated all year and shouldn't ever have been in a close game with UNI. They are in big trouble against Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
  • 11. The Iowa State Cyclones won their first two games in convincing fashion, but neither of them was a true test. Virginia is a juggernaut that will almost certainly run right through the Cyclones. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • 10. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have squeaked out both of their tournament victories so far. Notre Dame has plenty of talent but is playing too close for comfort given how much they've been favorited. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • 9. The Wisconsin Badgers weren't supposed to be in the Sweet 16 but spoiling Xavier's dream with a late Bronson Koenig game-winner got them here. The Badgers defense has been at an elite level in the tournament while their offense has been incredibly slow.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • 8. The Syracuse Orange disappointed all season long en route to a 10 seed in the tournament. However, they've won both of their tournament games in massive blowouts. Syracuse will almost certainly be favored in their next game against Gonzaga. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • 7. The Duke Blue Devils barely beat UNC Wilmington in the opening round before beating Yale. Duke has plenty of talent but inconsistency has cost them several games throughout the season. A poor performance against Oregon will almost certainly result in a ticket home. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
  • 6. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated their rival Kentucky in the round of 32 and appear to have plenty of energy headed into a matchup with North Carolina. The Tar Heels have more NBA prospects but Indiana can certainly play the role of spoiler. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • 5. The Oregon Ducks destroyed Holy Cross in the first round before edging out St. Joseph's in the round of 32. Oregon isn't as talented as most of the teams left, but they play incredibly well as a unit.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
  • 4. Buddy Hield of the Oklahoma Sooners scored 29 second half points to defeat VCU in a close game. If Hield is on top of his game then the Sooners are near unbeatable. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
  • 3. The North Carolina Tar Heels have some of the best talent in the tournament and it's shown through their first two blowout wins. However, Indiana poses a much bigger challenge than Providence and FGCU did.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
  • 2. The Kansas Jayhawks defeated Austin Peay and UConn both in convincing fashion. They are firing on all cylinders. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
  • 1. The Virginia Cavaliers rolled through Hampton and handled Butler in the first two rounds. They haven't shown any signs of weakness early on. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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