Heels and Wolfpack are out,
but the Blue Devils are still alive. This
year’s tournament has been deemed the craziest and most exciting ever.
Top seeds from all regions are dropping like
flies. All four number 1 seeds have
advanced but not without scares. This
year’s tournament has shown a parity never before seen in the big dance.
There is no such thing as mid majors in this
tournament, because those lower seeds are playing as well or better
than the top dogs. Bradley, George Mason,
and Wichita State are all Mid-Majors that made the Sweet 16. You
can also throw Gonzaga into that mix,
because they still play a Mid Major schedule, they just happen to be a
brand name school because of their recent success.
Atlanta region featured upsets of
the number 3, 5, & 7 seeds. Iowa’s
lost to the number 14 seed Northwestern state was probably the most
shocking upset from the first round of the tournament. Senior
forward Clifton Lee led Northwestern st. with
18 points to carry them to victory. Texas
A&M knocked off Syracuse in the first round. Syracuse
had just come off a four day whirlwind in the Big East tournament where
they were crowned champions. Jerry
McNamara who orchestrated each of those Big East tournament victories
only managed two points in the game, which ended his brilliant career.
The Wolfpack pulled off their upset victory
over 7 seeded California by the clutch play of guard Cameron Bennerman,
who scored 18 points.
Oakland region went a little more
according to plan, with the 1, 2, & 3 seeds all advancing to the
sweet sixteen. The story of the region was
13 seed Bradley knocking off Kansas in round one and then two days
later taking down Pittsburgh. Marcellus
Somerville and Patrick O’Brien have taken the team on their shoulders
and Bradley is the talk of the tournament thus far.
region was another one full
of excitement. Seeds 2, 3, 4, & 6 were
all upset. The talk of the region was 7th
seeded Wichita State and 11th seeded George Mason. Wichita State
is one of the better offensive
teams in the tournament scoring better than 80 points in each of its
first two games. George Mason is the exact
opposite; they boast one of the best defenses in the tourney holding
each of their first two opponents under 70 points.
Minneapolis region, like
Oakland, didn’t have many surprises. The
number 1, 3, & 4 seeds advanced to the sweet sixteen and only
number 2 seeded Ohio st. was left out. Ohio
State was beaten by a very talented Georgetown squad that beat number 1
Duke in the regular season.
tournament has been one of the best thus far and I doubt next week’s
games will disappoint. My upset specials
last week both fell flat, but I am going to give it one more
shot. Expect to see Texas, UCONN, Boston College,
and Memphis in the Final Four. We will see
next week if my predictions pan out.