This is truly a march madness

With the sweet 16 games set and ready to be played, how many people could have possibly predicted half the games lost and won?

The biggest upset by far was the Northern Iowa and Kansas game. I myself picked Kansas to win overall as did 90+% of Americans. Apparently only 0.9% of people who filled out brackets at predicted that game—and I am sure we can all assume where they live.

Twelfth-seeded Cornell became the highest seed to advance to the Sweet 16 this year as they knocked off Wisconsin, 87-69. It’s the first Sweet 16 appearance for the Big Red, and just the third ever for the Ivy League; the last team from the Ivy League to get this far was Penn in 1979.

For all you Maryland fans out there, a real heart-breaker if you saw the game against Michigan State. With an 8-0 run in the final few minutes of the game, it looked as if the Terps might pull out the victory, especially after taking the lead by one point with 6-seconds to go with a shot by Grieves Vasquez.

But Vasquez should have waited a second or two longer to make that basket.

If he had, Korie Lucious of Mich St. would never have had the chance to say a quick prayer as he took the 3-point shot heard round the state of Maryland—ending the game at 85-83 with Mich St. advancing to the sweet 16.

Another buzzer beating shot in this tournament was in the Purdue versus Texas A&M game. Without Robbie Hummel,many people (myself included) changed their brackets by having Purdue losing earlier.

For those who don’t know Hummel, Purdue losing him to injury would be like the Terps losing Vasquez right before the big dance. How would you have felt about the Terps advancing?

But with time running out, Purdue’s Chris Kramer took a shot with 4-seconds left in overtime to help the Boilermakers advance to the sweet 16.

The teams left in the tournament so far are:

N.Iowa to play Mich St.
Tennessee to play Ohio St.
Syracuse to play Butler
Xavier to play Kansas St.
Kentucky to play Cornell
Washington to play West Va.
Duke to play Purdue
Baylor to play St. Mary’s

I’m not sure about all of you, but this March Madness sure has been a ride for me as my championship winner is already out as well as two of my final four. I am barely hanging on–but I refuse to stop hoping for my teams left playing.

Enjoy the rest of the tournament and good luck with your teams, everyone.


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One Response to “This is truly a march madness”

  1. Bill Says:

    If my 3 remaining final four teams actually make it then I got a real good shot at winning this pool.

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