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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    PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 19:  Eric Maynor #3 of the VCU Rams drives against Darren Collison #2 of the UCLA Bruins during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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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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    WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies calls a play against the Bucknell Bison during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Nick Lah
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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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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Tennessee Volunteers walks off the court after the Volunteers were defeated 75-45 by the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable
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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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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18:  Austin Freeman #15 of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on in the second half of the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams  during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011
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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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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs shouts from the bench during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Darius Miller #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Princeton Tigers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Gett
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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.

MOREHEAD STATE!

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles fights for position against Terrence Jennings #23 of the Louisville Cardinals during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in
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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.