The 2023 NCAA Tournament has not been short on drama and upsets. The Sweet 16 produced even more Friday night.

In the early game of the night, No. 1 seed Alabama was upset by San Diego State. Superstar freshman Brandon Miller was shut down while the Tide went ice-cold from 3-point range.

That loss by Alabama left Houston as the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the field, but the Cougars would not remain there for long. Miami, a 5-seed, would upset Houston to establish an Elite Eight field without any No. 1 seeds remaining.

That makes the 2023 NCAA Tournament the first-ever to have an Elite Eight field without a single No. 1 seed remaining. Purdue sustained a historic loss to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson in the opening round while Kansas lost to Arkansas in the Round of 32.

Princeton vs. Creighton and Xavier vs. Texas are Sweet 16 games still to be played, but none of those teams is a No. 1 seed.

Who is the new favorite to win the national title?

Just one year ago, fans were bracing for an all-Blue Blood Final Four that would result in Kansas winning a national title. This season, the remaining field is almost totally absent of true Blue Blood programs.

Of the remaining teams, Texas likely moves into the front spot as the lead contender for the national title. Gonzaga, a 3-seed led by head coach Mark Few and star forward Drew Timme, should also be considered as a heavy threat.

As for teams clicking at the right time, Miami has received some big-time guard play in the last couple of rounds with enough firepower to compete with anyone.