Is There Anything Better Than Upsets?
Listening to all the "experts", New Mexico was the dark horse. They were the team that not a lot of people had seen play. They played fast, they played hard and they were tough. Who, in their right mind, was going to pick an Ivy League team that has not created much, if any of a stir at all this year against the dark horse, fast paced Lobos of New Mexico.
Certainly, not me. I make the same mistake every year. I listen to the talk. That chatter of the so-called experts. But given a simple bracket, with teams and seedings, my daughter, age 11, with little to any basketball where with all, is kicking my butt after the first round of the tournament. Picked Harvard to win the first round. Why? Because she thought they would win because they are smart. When will I ever learn?
Oregon was the bracket buster that was predicted. Word was the Ducks had been shafted in their seeding, and were a much better team than their 12 seeding gave them credit for. i bought into that. But so did my daughter, when she heard they were called "The Oregon Ducks". Everyone has a system.
The Gonzaga-Southern game was the one that was really fun to watch. We are all still waiting for that #16 to take down a #1. It looked like Southern was going to pull it off until about 2 minutes left in that game. Then Gonzaga seemed to get their head on straight and take the game over. It was fun to watch but no big upset.
There were a bunch of close games but not the complete chaos that I was anticipating. With the season like they have had in the NCAA's with no true dominant team, I truly believed this was anyone's tournament. With close games between St Mary's and Memphis as well as Marquette and Davidson, I thought the first day of Round 2 was much tamer than expected.
But the thrill of finding that upset and watching it happen is very exciting. The thrill of finding the needle in the haystack is exhilirating. It also allows for everyone, NCAA basketball fans or not, to get excited for March Madness. For a true fan, watching the tournament and finding the upset is awesome. For the non-fan, ironically, it seems to bring even greater thrill, because it is truly the luck of their picks in whatever fashion that happened.
Day 1 of the "second round" offered up some great games. Hoping we see a few more upsets on Day 2, Round 2. Would love a win by Albany over Duke or Pacific over Miami. Take some big dogs out early! Ready for some more Madness!