Cinderella Who? and Other NCAA Tournament Thoughts
After watching over 14 hours of college basketball in the past two days, I feel it is only appropriate to discuss what has transpired. Here are a few of my thoughts from the preliminary action.
– The term “Cinderella” is being extremely overused and needs to retire. Winthrop was dubbed a Cinderella team by ESPN a few hours after they beat Notre Dame, even though half of the United States predicted that outcome. If Jackson St. beat Florida or Niagra stunned Kansas, then I could see how we might have a Cinderella case on our hands. Last year, George Mason was a definite Cinderella because no one picked them to win anything, and they ended up going far. You need to have both of those qualities to be a true Cinderella. So let’s not get too Cinderella-happy though and start dubbing every team that beats someone ranked higher them.
– What is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s real name? I heard them called Texas A&M and Corpus Christi, Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, and simply Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. There’s no doubt in my mind that it really doesn’t matter. I just thought it was funny that the announcers had no idea either.
– The lack of upsets this year is killing me. The two “big” upsets have been VCU and Winthrop, both of which were not shockers. After that, almost everything has gone as planned. The main reason for this is that the lower seeds cannot finish games. I’m going to pick on Illinois because they absolutely blew their game. Up by 10 with 4 minutes left, they somehow managed to give the game away. And that’s a very appropriate way to describe it since they turned the ball over on something like 7 of their last 10 possessions. If you play the same way you did the first 36 minutes, you should be able to close out a game. Instead, they decided giving the ball to the Hokies and trying to stop them on defense was a better idea. The Chicago Bears do the same thing; it must be an Illinois thing.
– While we are talking about the Illini, how about that Big Ten! John Feinstein has to be hating Purdue for winning and loving Illinois for blowing it. The Big Ten is 5-1 so far in the tournament. Not bad for a conference that some think only should have had 3 bids. Now watch as they all lose in the second round – except Ohio State and Wisconsin.
I love this time of the year. With March Madness in full swing, I do believe it is time to go watch some more basketball. Go Georgetown!