College Basketball: Upsets Are Fun

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2009

People just love the under-dog in college basketball and this past weekend was full of under-dogs upsetting top dogs. With just a few weeks left until March Madness arrives, teams are starting to show weaknesses, and the less perennial squads are beginning to beat them.

On Wednesday, the Dayton Flyers took care of #14 Xavier 71-58 at University of Dayton Arena (where Mason beat Michigan State and North Carolina, by the way). North Carolina State defeated the #8 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 82-76 in Raleigh.

The biggest rivalry in basketball...DUKE AND CAROLINA! Tyler Hansbrough was a perfect 3-for-3 heading into Wednesday's final visit to Cameron Indoor for the future NBA draft pick. A 101-87 victory for the Tar Heels pretty much guaranteed a #1 seed for UNC in the state of North Carolina. They won't have to travel too far.

Thursday was full of upsets. Mason travelled to Delaware and fell yet again on the road to the Blue Hens 66-58. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish annihilated the #7 Louisville Cardinals 90-57 in South Bend. The #18 Arizona State Sun Devils took care of the UCLA Bruins 74-67 in Tempe.

On Friday night, the West Virginia Mountaineers handled the Villanova Wildcats 93-72 in Morgantown. The Big East is so, so good this year.

On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats, who had a three-game losing skid, defeated the #6 UCLA Bruins 84-72. UCLA went 0-2 this week against top-25 schools. The Boise State Broncos hosted #17 Utah State and won 66-56 in Idaho.

Finally, on Sunday, the UVA Cavaliers outlasted the #11 Clemson Tigers in overtime 85-81 in Charlottesville. The Butler Bulldogs, ranked #15 in the country, fell at home to Loyola (IL) 71-67. Loyola had a 4-11 conference record to Butler's 13-1 record in Horizon play.

This past week proves any team can win on any given night. The tournament should be interesting, especially if upwards of 10 or 11 Big East squads make the field. The clock is ticking for certain teams, so it is time to put up or shut up for the BCS schools who want that at-large bid into the madness that is March Madness.