NCAA Tournament 2012: Why This Year's Tourney Is the Least Exciting of All Time

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Why This Year's Tourney Is the Least Exciting of All Time
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March Madness is supposed to be the most exciting sporting event of the year. So why does it feel so…dull this time around?

Don’t get me wrong: there have been quite a few surprising upsets (I’m looking at you, Duke and Missouri) and some little-known teams have advanced farther than anyone expected. 

But there’s still something missing.

Where are the Butler Bulldogs? Or the VCU Rams for that matter?

It is great when talented teams find a way to succeed in the postseason, especially the pressure-packed NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but I miss the buzzer-beaters and the Cinderellas and everything that made March Madness truly madness.

Maybe the networks simply replayed Christian Laettner’s shot one too many times during the commercials. Or the other Christian, Christian Watford’s, buzzer-beater from earlier this season.

Either way, there is just something about this year’s NCAA tournament that feels as if it is lacking.

Will examining the reasons behind this lack of suspense make anything better?

Doubtful, but it is always worth a shot, right?

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