As we get later into March, the real madness begins.
March 28, 2017
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Yes, it is that time of year again, the best college sports spectacle of the year and this year so far has not been a disappointment. According to the Columbus Dispatch, there will be over 70 million brackets made and Americans will bet more than 2 billion dollars testing their knowledge of basketball. In other words, more people create brackets than who voted for either Donald Trump of Hillary Clinton in the general election. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is obviously a very important spectacle for many Americans and a big reason for this is the competitive nature of the tournament as well as the opportunity for major upsets to occur.
Upsets have been a major part of the tournament this year. The biggest upset this year that sparked the most controversy was definitely South Carolina’s 88-81 win over Duke. Before this tournament, South Carolina had not won a NCAA game in 44 years and now they are in the Final Four. Duke was a heavy favorite to win the title this year and in is usually favored to win the tournament every year.
Another huge upset that could quite possibly contend with Duke’s upset was Villanova’s loss to Wisconsin. Villanova was the defending champion of the tournament last year and seeded first in this year’s tournament. Wisconsin was seeded 11th, and for a team ranked that low to defeat a first seed team is definitely a rare event to say the least.
Other upsets include twelve seed Middle Tennessee over fifth seeded Minnesota and number seven seed Michigan over number two seed Louisville. Fans all over the country watched in awe and despair as their teams either pulled up wins that were unexpected or experienced surprise upset losses.
While many may view these upsets as frustrating, others, like myself, see these upsets as riveting and downright entertaining. It is always heartwarming to see a Cinderella story, no matter how bad they may get beat the next round.