The group of teams that played Friday in the NCAA tournament did nothing to discredit the notion that March Madness is the best sporting event on the calendar.
Eastern Kentucky hung with mighty Kansas for 38 minutes, North Carolina outlasted Providence in the final seconds, Coastal Carolina appeared to be on the brink of 16-seed history when it built a double-digit lead against Virginia, and Stephen F. Austin connected on an incredible four-point play to force overtime and eventually upset VCU.
Oh, and the big, bad Duke Blue Devils lost to Mercer, inspiring a nation of college basketball fans to scramble to their smart phones to find out just where Mercer is even located.
Now the winners get to do it all again Sunday during the sixth day of the Big Dance. There will undoubtedly be upset bids in the round of 32, so let’s put some of the favorites on alert.
Recent results, roster makeup, injuries and individual matchups were used to determine which favorites made this list and which ones did not.