March Madness has begun. We began with 65 teams on Tuesday, and are now down to 32. After Sunday, we will be down to the Sweet Sixteen.
This year’s March Madness Tournament has not been short on excitement. With a number of upsets and overtime games, this tournament continues to impress.
We can tell several things after Round One, which I will go over in the next few paragraphs. Hopefully, Round Two will be just as exciting.
No seed is safe…
With a number of upsets, no seed was safe from an upset. The No. 1 and 2 seeds managed not to get beaten, but they still had some close games.
It took No. 2 Villanova an overtime period to eliminate Robert Morris.
Many brackets took a hit when No. 3 Georgetown lost to Ohio. No. 4 Vanderbilt lost to Murray State, causing another ripple effect.
2010 did not disappoint with a No. 12 seed upsetting a No. 5 seed. Cornell took Temple 78-65.
Two No. 11 seeds knocked out six seeds with Washington and Old Dominion ousting Marquette and Notre Dame, respectively.
Three of the ten seeds proved they deserved better when beating Richmond, Clemson, and Oklahoma State. St. Mary’s, Missouri, and Georgia Tech proved they deserved to be in the tournament.
...except Number One Seeds
The No. 1 seed in each region proved they deserved their ranking, as they stayed unblemished in the first round yet again.
Duke dominated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, winning by almost 30 points in the South Region.
Out West, Syracuse pummeled Vermont 76-59.
In the Midwest, Kansas beat out Lehigh 90-74.
One of the favorites in the tournament, Kentucky scored in triple-digits to beat East Tennessee State.
No. 10 versus No. 7 is the new No. 9 versus No. 8
Typically, the most evenly matched games are when the nine seeds and eight seeds face off. This year, however, proved 10s and sevens were just as evenly matched.
Three No. 10 seeds ousted seven seeds from the tournament.
Missouri, Georgia Tech, and St. Mary’s all beat the No. 7 seeds in the tournament. Although none of them won huge, each team raised their stock in the tournament.
The only No. 7 seed to win, BYU, beat a Florida team that many believed did not deserve to make the tournament.
The Big East is not as dominant as people think
The Big East got eight teams in the tournament this year, ranging in seeds from one through nine. The Big East went 4-4, with several teams being upset.
The biggest upset was when Georgetown lost to Ohio. No. 6 seeds Notre Dame and Marquette each lost to their lower seed. Finally, California beat Louisville in the night game.
The Pac-10 is not as weak as people think
The Pac-10 Conference had an off year this year, only sending two teams to the tournament. California, who won the regular season, was left off several expert brackets, and barely made the tournament.
Both these teams proved they deserved to be in the tournament as they each knocked off a Big East foe. California started with a huge run that propelled their victory over Louisville. Washington used their own momentum to oust Marquette.
You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy March Madness
This year’s tournament has been very exciting so far. Many people do not watch the regular season, but get invested into the tournament.
There are more brackets and pools than I have ever seen and every year seems to get bigger. Most people do not know who to choose and guess teams that they like or have nice colors.
No matter what your style is, everyone seems to enjoy March Madness, not just basketball fans. Fans like to see their bracket teams win and Round Two will hopefully be another enjoyment.