March Madness lives up to viewers’ expectations

The arrival of March brings one of the biggest sporting events in the world to the spotlight: The Men’s College Basketball “March Madness” Tournament.

As pencils are being sharpened and brackets printed, audiences of all ages from fans to co-workers are joining in on the mayhem by picking how they think the bracket is going to unfold.

Two weeks into the tournament, taking the field of 68 down to four, cinderellas and powerhouses have not disappointed fans in this crazy basketball tournament.

During the second round of the tournament, after the First Four matches, history had been made as two 15 seeded teams upset the two seed in their region. This was the fifth and sixth time, but the first time that two 15 seeded teams won in the same year.

Norfolk State defeated the Big 12 Champions, Missouri, in a thrilling high scoring game 86-84, and Lehigh took out the fan favored Duke Blue Devils in a 75-70 conquest.

Cinderella stories always make the tournament fun; this year was no different story. Ohio University, a 13 seed, upset Michigan in the first round and cruised into the Sweet 16 after defeating South Florida University.

Virginia Commonwealth University was seeded 12 and made a little run by defeating the five seeded Wichita State University, though they fell in a close battle to Indiana University 63-61.

This year’s Final Four will be in New Orleans, La., and Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Kansas have all booked their tickets.

Kentucky, a team that has been at the top of the rankings all season, has defeated Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana and Baylor University on its path to the finals. They will represent the South Region as they play state-rival Louisville. The teams played in December, and Kentucky prevailed in a tight battle      69-62.

Louisville, winner of the West Region, defeated Davidson and New Mexico University. They then upset the number one ranked Michigan State and finished their path by defeating Florida University in a great 72-68 game.

The Cardinals will be looking for revenge as they get their rematch with the Wildcats of Kentucky.

Ohio State will represent the East Region after defeating Loyola, Gonzaga, Cincinnati and top-ranked Syracuse University. The Buckeyes defeated Syracuse in a 77-70 thriller and will face Kansas University, which won the Midwest Region.

Kansas will represent the Midwest as they defeated Detroit, Purdue, North Carolina State and North Carolina University. The Jayhawks won in a 80-67 victory over the injured North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

Author: Jake Stamps

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