This is what the tournament should be every year. Major upsets at a minimum.
Sure the charm of March Madness over the years has been the little guy knocking out the big guy and it gets a lot of people to follow the game who otherwise wouldn’t.
But as exciting as those first and second round upsets can be, they end up leading to a Sweet 16 full of teams that, in most cases, shouldn’t be there.
No disrespect to the #8 and #9 seeds of the world, but if you’re not last year’s Davidson squad, the 2006 George Mason team or a similar team, stay away from the second weekend of the tournament.
As a basketball fan, you go through the entire season arguing with other hoop heads about which team, conference and players are the best in the country. And since this isn’t the horrible college football’s BCS system, teams actually have an opportunity to play it out on the court.
So after a full season of discussion about the ACC, Big East and Big 10, do you really want to see Eastern Tri State University on the playing against the likes of UConn or North Carolina?
Of course not.
Looking at the 16 teams remaining, there seem are 12 teams who could realistically win four more games en route to a National Championship.
But considering this is a one and done tournament, those other four teams (Purdue, Missouri, Gonzaga and Xavier)can get hot and make a run as well. That can only lead to four days of beautiful basketball starting this Thursday.
If you want to see a cinderella story, check this one out: