For the past 96 hours the country has completely blown off production in the workplace and encapsulated themselves in everything brackets. The NCAA Tournament opened last Tuesday and Wednesday with their play-in games, and the real dance starting before noon on Thursday running up until after midnight in the east on Monday with St. Joseph’s scaring the daylights out of top-seeded Oregon in Spokane, WA. Now if you’re like most people, the college basketball tournament’s synonymous with an office pool or some other form of competing against peers for bragging rights and/or money. This year’s unlike any other because after the round of 64 and 32 the tournament saw a record ten double-digit seeds advance.
Now while the cream may have rose to the top after the opening round,
(the “Sweet Sixteen” is comprised of two remaining double-digit seeds in Syracuse and Gonzaga who’ll play each other in the Midwest Region on Friday at the UC)
getting their was crazy to say the least. The biggest bracket buster of the four day frenzy was 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State upsetting second seeded Michigan State on Friday in St. Louis, MO 90-81. Michigan State despite being a two seed was second to only Kansas in betting odds to cut down the nets in Houston on April 4th at 9:2. The Spartans went off as a 16.5 point favorite before tip-off and never led in the game, and just when you think Cinderella has shown up, Syracuse goes and crushes MTSU by 25 yesterday.
The madness never let up however as the weekend was full of buzzer beaters, upsets, and comebacks. The buzzer beater everyone is talking about was between Wisconsin and Xavier in which Bill Murray’s sad face took the internet by storm. Wisconsin Junior Guard Bronson Koenig knocked down a three pointer from the corner as time expired sending the crowd into a frenzy and the Badgers to the Sweet Sixteen on Friday in Philadelphia to take on Notre Dame. The Irish were almost bitten by the upset bug as they themselves needed a tip-in with 1.5 seconds remaining to best upstart Stephen F. Austin who in the round of 64 did some bracket busting of their own beating third seeded West Virginia.
The last four days have been nothing like we’ve ever seen before with upsets galore across the board. Warren Buffet this year has raised the stakes, offering anyone who could come up with a perfect bracket to the Sweet 16 a million dollars annually for life. It’s safe to assume that the “Oracle of Omaha” will be keeping his billions to himself after what was an unbelievable start to the tournament. Everyone will surely need a rest as the tournament starts back up on Thursday with Villanova and Miami in Louisville.