This is truly a 64 team field no matter what the NCAA calls the first four games in Dayton, Ohio. We really know those are the “Play in Games” and reviewing them is pointless because we do not figure them in our “Bracket Selections”.
The Bracket Buster of Day 1 and maybe of the tournament #14 Harvard vs. #3 New Mexico …. This upset is a TRUE Bracket Buster, no Talking Head or even the President saw Harvard beating New Mexico. Didn’t the Los Angeles Lakers fire Coach Mike Brown because he was trying to run the Harvard Offensive? Looked pretty good to me beating New Mexico by six points, congratulations to the program’s biggest win, an Ivy League Team with no scholarships beating the Highly Rated Mountain West Conference Winner and their Conference Tournament Winner and now the Talking Heads will jump all over the Mountain West explaining how they knew the conference was so over rated and forgetting how well Harvard played.
#9 Wichita State vs. #8 Pittsburg …. Just kidding a number eight vs. a number nine is a pick’em game. Not an upset here just a little surprising to see the final score but the Talking Heads did warn Pitt sometimes has trouble scoring.
#12 Oregon vs. #5 Oklahoma State… Not really an upset in my mind because the Talking Heads where so upset with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee because they seeded Oregon so low at a twelve seed and with that seeding Oregon also felt insulted by the Committee and played the game with a chip on the shoulder.
#12 California vs. #5 UNLV… Can you truly call this an upset with Cal a twelve seed playing so close to home? UNLV was the higher seed and was the away team. Sometimes no matter what the NCAA Tournament Committee says they do make a lot of their decisions on the local ticket sales and how well a team travels. For an example this year #3 Michigan State and #4 Michigan are playing close to home in Auburn Hills, MI and #4 Kansas State is playing close to home in Kansas City, MO while #4 St. Louis University had to travel all the way to San Jose, CA compared to #6 Butler got to stay closer to home and play in Lexington, KY. I can understand the #1 and #2 seeds getting the right to play close to home they have earn that right, but some of the other decisions about seeds and team placements are controlled by the Old Mighty Dollar no matter what the NCAA Officials says.
#6 Memphis vs. #11 St. Mary’s …. Memphis by two with St. Mary’s three point try going long at the buzzer.
#3 Marquette vs. #14 Davidson… With the closest upset in the afternoon session of day 1 Marquette needed a drive by Vander Blue with 0:01 seconds left to get Marquette a one point win over Davidson or Marquette would have been truly “Blue”.
#1Gonzaga vs. #16 Southern… Close late but Gonzaga got a six point win, so close for the first number one seed to be upset by a number sixteen seed. The so-called experts would have been on their “High Horses” and bragging that “I Told You So! Zaga was Over-Rated” Just to see the Talking Heads fight over who would be first at the microphones to express their opinions would have been funny to watch.
So, how is your BRACKET doing….Busted Yet? Did you have Harvard?
Onto the Day 2 of Round 1…..