Kentucky's Tournament to Lose?
When the 1st full day of the NCAA Tournament was in the books, many felt slighted that there weren't too many upsets and not many games were filled with last-second drama, but that all changed Friday thanks to two #15 seeds shocking the world. Norfolk State and Lehigh were the talk of the Tournament until they both laid an egg on Sunday. All in all, the last three days of the NCAA Tournament are exactly what fans have been waiting for all year long.
There are three double digit seeds left in the Sweet 16 and they aren't the teams everyone expected. Trendier picks to be this year's Cinderella were VCU, Long Beach State and Belmont, but their seasons have come to a close and if you are looking for the team to root for, look no further than the Ohio Bobcats. Ohio was able to knock off Big 10 Co-champion, Michigan, in the 2nd round and used a late surge to beat the pesky USF Bulls yesterday to advance to the Sweet 16. Next up for the Bobcats is a true David vs. Goliath matchup as they will go up against North Carolina who is still awaiting the status of their pointguard, Kendall Marshall, who broke his wrist against Creighton yesterday.
The other two double digit seeds that are still left in this year's tourney are a bit of a surprise considering how they looked in January. Back in the 1st two months of the season, the Musketeers were ranked in the top 10 and everything was looking good until a brawl with fellow Sweet 16 participant, Cincinnati, altered Xavier's fate until they got back on the right track in March. Another team that had to sweat it out on Selection Sunday was the NC State Wolfpack. With last second losses to Duke and North Carolina on their resume, 1st year coach Mark Gottfried was left to wonder if his squad had enough to make it into the Big Dance. As fate would have it, the Wolfpack were the final team announced into the field on the Selection Show and have taken advantage of the opportunity by beating San Diego State and Georgetown the last two games.
We love to talk about the Cinderellas, but don't forget that all four #1 seeds are still left in the Tournament and will continue to be favored to make it to New Orleans. So going into this weekends games, fans have a little bit of everything to look forward to and you can catch all the action on 630 The Fan or you can listen on our website at 630thefan.com with coverage starting at 5:00 PM Thursday.