Today, with losses by both Michigan State and Arizona, my bracket is completely busted. I had those two in the final with the Spartans taking it all. I don’t love any of the final four teams. Kentucky wears that garish shade of blue, plays dirty ball, and relies to hard on the one and done players- blah, no thank you. Billy Donovan and his Gators lost it for me with his piss poor coaching against UConn in their loss to the Huskies. UConn has been a perennial “no thank you” but with their new coach, the time they have spent in “no post-season” purgatory, and the on-court leadership from Shabazz Napier this season they may be the best of a lack luster choice. (I also saw Napier’s mom saying “good job” to the MSU players as they walked into the locker room today- good sportsmanship is learned early and that was nice to see). I own two dachshunds and it is just hard to root for the Badgers.
On a better note, the Lady Heels won against that other “Carolina” and will be meeting Stanford in the elite eight. If they get another win, Coach Haskell will be meeting the ladies in Nashville. Go Carolina!
As Arizona is out, we no longer get to see Rondae Hollis-Jefferson do this:
We still have time for some upsets tonight, but yesterday not much happened that was super surprising.
Yes, Michigan upset Kansas in overtime. It was a great last shot to send them into extra minutes and I was rooting for Big Blue to knock off #1 Kansas. But it was not a huge surprise that they won. Both are good teams, from power conferences….
As for the rest, Louisville beat Oregon…man, I was going for those Ducks…to be the last #1 standing.
Dook out defended the Spartans. Defense is what won the devils that game (I know Curry shot 29 points, blah, blah, blah), but without their defensive game Michigan State’s played good enough on the offensive end to win.
Saddest of all was that Florida beat FGCU ending their Cinderella run. The beginning of the first half, the Eagles went on a 8-0 run and maintained a double digit lead. However, with some substitutions and a little practice Billy Donovan figured out what his Gators needed to do to dominate the court. The first half ended with a 16-2 run for Florida, then Florida started the second with a 5-0 run. That was a blow that FGCU couldn’t overcome. This team played great ball, works fantastically as a team, and has more than done their job for the season. It will be interesting to see: 1) how much easier it will be to recuit to FGCU and 2) How much general interest and enrollment spikes for this young school!
At this point, I am ABD (Anybody but Duke…and Louisville can lose too!)