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”.
#12 Ole Miss vs. #5 Wisconsin …. What happen to the B1G, Dick Vitale your so called power conference the Big 10? Not so B1G now with a lost to the Football Power House Conference SEC.
#13 LaSalle vs. #4 Kansas State …. With a second half comeback falling short LaSalle got its second win in this 2013 Tournament and making the little known A-10 Conference 6 – 0 so far with wins by SLU, VCU, Butler and Temple. Now Dickey V. which conference is the power house now? And even more impressive LaSalle won the game after having to win their “Play in Game” in Dayton, OH and then flew to Kansas City, MO which was in all intense and purpose, was a home game for Kansas State being just hop, skip and jump from the Little Apple of Manhattan, KS.
#8 seeds vs. #9 seed is a “Pick’em Game” and is never an upset in this game no matter who wins.
And that somewhat goes with the #7 seed vs. #10 seed is a “To Close to Call Game” to really call a ten beating a seven an upset. As for all the other seeds and games everything goes and the higher seed better win or it will be called an upset. Finally on the seven – ten seeds I think #10 Iowa State should have been the seven seed not Notre Dame not really an upset with Notre Dame losing.
#11 Minnesota vs. #6 UCLA …. A small upset win for Minnesota because UCLA was down a man who was their team leader and point guard Jordan Adams to a broken foot, and with an already shorten bench got even shorter with guard David Brown sprain his ankle in practice before the Minnesota game. But, Dickey V. will not take this into any kind of consideration when he again declares the B1G the greatest basketball conference in the land.
And the BIGGEST UPSET of Round 1 came in day 2 with #15 Florida Gulf Coast vs. #2 Georgetown …. Like father like son Georgetown falters in the Big Dance and goes out early after getting “Out Played” and upset by Florida Gulf Coast. It just looked like to me that Coach John Thompson III didn’t stress enough that FGCU beat Miami this past season in just its sixth year in Division I and made it in the tournament in only its second year of eligible to play in the Big Dance. I guess it’s time to break up the Big East, oh! They are already doing that.
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Western Kentucky …. With Kansas wearing down the Hill Toppers of Western Kentucky with defense not offense, Kansas won by seven and just survives and keeps the number one seeds record of never being beaten by a sixteen seed intact. Survive & advance and just maybe the Jayhawks’s will settle down and play better.
The 2013 Tournament is starting to become known as the tournament of the advancing twelve seeds with upset wins by Ole Miss (Mississippi), Oregon, and California.
Also may I add one more thing? Notre Dame please if your University is going to continue playing Division I Basketball please burn all those Bright Glow in the Dark Neon Green Informs, Adidas be dammed for trying to out- duel Nike with those hideous uniforms. Enough is enough, it is just about the old mighty dollar and getting fans to spend their hard earn money and buy new jerseys, but who in their right mind is going to spend a dime on that, even Mike Golic a Notre Dame alumnus said on the Mike & Mike Show on espn2 he didn’t approve the uniforms and it deserves your team right losing to #10 Iowa State with those piss poor uniforms.
So, how is your Bracket doing now? With the Wins/Upsets of #13 LaSalle over Kansas State and #14 Harvard over New Mexico and we can’t forget #15 Florida Gulf Coast over Big East Season Co-Champion Georgetown. If you say it is still prefect you’re a Big Fat Liar!
Now onto the Round of Thirty Two.