March Madness is Mad


The 2018 NCAA Basketball tournament has had more upsets, than any year I remember. The other interesting fact, is for the most part, they weren’t buzzer beaters. Following are the most surprising games in the tournament, from my standpoint.


  • UMBC’s ( University of Maryland Baltimore County) win over Virginia featured the first win by a #16 seed, over a #1 seed. They didn’t just sneak by, they beat the#1 seed 74-54. The Retriever’s lost their magic 3 point touch,going 6 for 22 against Kansas State, and lost 50-43.

  • Chicago-Loyola, the #11 seed, had three wins over  Miami the #6 seed,  Tennessee who was the #3 seed, and Nevada, the #7 seed. The teams inspiration comes from 98 year old, Sister Jean Schmidt, the teams Chaplain, who has stated that God is for Loyola.

  • The surprising Nevada Wolf Pack (#7 seed) beat the Texas Longhorns ( #10 seed) in round 1, followed that with a last minute shot to beat Cincinnati (#2 seed) 75-73. This was one of the most entertaining games in the tournament. They came from 22 points down. in the second half, which was the second largest comeback in NCAA tournament history. ESPN had a probability factor of .o1% for Nevada to comeback from 22 down. Nevada lost to another Cinderella team, Loyola of Chicago in the Sweet Sixteen

  • How about Buffalo Bulls (# 13 seed) defeating  Arizona (# 4 seed) by over 20 points. This was Buffalos 1st ever NCAA Tourney win. They eventually succumbed to Kentucky (#5 seed).

  • Texas A& M’s (# 7 seed) run, which included a victory over North Carolina (# 2 seed).

  • Kansas State (#9 seed) reaching the Elite 8.

  • Florida State (#9 seed) reaching the Elite 8.

These are the games that make it Madness. It also shows why the game is played, because we don’t give trophies to those based on their poll ranking.

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