NCAA Bracket 2012: No Cinderella Teams Makes Tourney Less Entertaining

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 30, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16:  Kyle O'Quinn #10 of the Norfolk State Spartans reacts against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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While watching really good teams play basketball is always a pleasure, the lack of a Cinderella team making a deep run in this year's NCAA tournament has proven to make this year's tourney quite non-entertaining.

Perhaps if you are a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, Kansas Jayhawks or Louisville Cardinals—or if your bracket is doing amazing—there just hasn't been a whole lot of appeal to tune in.

People will still watch, but the anticipation of watching a David take down Goliath makes the tournament what it is. All we have here are four great teams battling it out for the title.

When teams like Lehigh, Norfolk State and Ohio win in the first round of the tournament, the games are just much more entertaining for all. Even NC State making a surprise run over teams like Georgetown and (almost) Kansas were moments that made the tournament more intriguing to watch.

It isn't likely that the tournament will see less viewership because of a lack of an underdog, but the intensity certainly won't be the same. There just isn't the storyline that everyone loves—that anybody can do anything.

It is bitter-sweet because fans get to watch some really great teams compete for what they deserve, but they don't get the true fashion of what March Madness tends to represent.

This year's Elite Eight didn't present such an opportunity either, as the Florida Gators were the highest-seeded team at seven, but they truly played better than that.

Nonetheless, people will still tune in despite the lack of drama that would come with such a situation. The tournament has truly had some great moments, including incredible upsets, and now it will finish in a fashion where four great teams will battle for a title.

To most that is a perfect ending, while others perhaps were hoping for something a bit more climactic.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.