NCAA Bracket 2011 Update: Biggest Surprises From Round 1

Brett Appley@@BrettAppleyCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2011

NCAA Bracket 2011 Update: Biggest Surprises From Round 1

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    Out of the 5.8 million brackets made on ESPN, there are zero perfect brackets.

    Not only that, but only about 20 brackets have missed one game. That means the first round of the NCAA tournament must have been a great one.

    The crazy thing about upsets is that although you can try and predict them all you want, they'll still come out of nowhere and bust your bracket.

No Close Calls from Any of the Top 3 Seeds

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    Although it is unlikely for a top three seed to lose in the opening round, there are usually some close calls.

    This year, all the elite teams pretty much dominated their opponents. Notre Dame was only up four at half time, but they were never in any real trouble.

    It looks like we will have to wait another year to hope for that historic 16th-seed upset to happen.

Michigan Dominates Tennessee

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    The 8-seed vs. 9-seed games are always some of the most exciting contests of the first round, because they tend to come down to the final minutes before a winner is decided.

    Michigan vs. Tennessee was supposed to be another one of those games, at least in my book. The final score was 75-45 Michigan and was a laugher the entire way.

    Bruce Pearl was probably ready to leave Tennessee, so Michigan sent him home with a beating to remember.

VCU Destroys Georgetown

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    Sixth-seeded Georgetown took on VCU, who had already beaten USC in the play-in game.

    Everyone, including fans and experts alike, trashed the Rams before the tournament and expected them to fall on their faces.

    VCU has proven everyone wrong, including myself, and they absolutely destroyed Georgetown Friday night. This game wasn't even close after halftime, and it looked like VCU should have been the higher seeded squad.

Gonzaga Takes Care of St. John's

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    Mark Few led Gonzaga over St. Mary's in the WCC Finals to get to the NCAA tournament, which got them a date with St. John's in the first round.

    Coached by Steve Lavin, St. John's had looked great all year, beating Duke, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this season.

    Unfortunately, they looked flat and never really got into the game against Gonzaga.

Kentucky Barely Escapes Against Princeton

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    I'll be the first one to say that I think very highly of Kentucky this year.

    I almost picked them to go to the Final Four but only marked them into the Elite Eight at the last minute. No thought ever occurred to me about the possibility of Princeton knocking off the Wildcats in the first round.

    It took Kentucky until the final seconds of the game to secure their win against Princeton, which left coaches and players in tears on the Tigers bench.

    Kentucky faces West Virginia in the opening game Saturday and will hopefully play up to the level of their opponent because West Virginia won't let them skate by.


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    By far, the biggest surprise of the first round was Morehead State beating Louisville.

    As a 13-seed, Morehead State was picked by practically nobody, while Louisville was picked by many to go as far as the Final Four.

    It took a game-winning, long-range three-pointer with seconds remaining for Morehead State to knock off Louisville, but that's all it takes in the NCAA tournament.

    Hopefully, there will be more surprises ahead.