Question of the day.
How’re ya brackets?
Don’t ask. Don’t tell.
Marked up like your first algebra test, right?
From the regular season, we suspected the NCAA men’s tournament would be wild and full of surprises — that often were not surprises in reality.
Seeding is not as important as matchups.
Execution is more important than the names on the uniforms.
Chemistry and the ability to grind are more important that the number of McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster.
While some teams are built better for the three-week haul to the national title game, almost anyone in the field can defeat anyone else in a given situation. Top to bottom, this field may have had more teams with hang time as any in history.
No win is an ugly win. The trick is being able to play six games over three weeks.
We have witnessed the typical:
Missouri, the most athletic team in the Southeastern Conference — but also with apparently the least chemistry and the most disjointed — again underachieved.
The Southeastern Conference, with the possible exception of Florida, raised the question if three teams were really too many in the field.
Notre Dame, as usual, was overrated — and exited with lasting memories of players wearing green clown shoes in the players’ final game.
Georgetown, which several of us (we’ll never learn) projected to go deep again, lost early. Ever since the days of John Thompson the elder, the Hoyas have had problems playing good teams out of conference.
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo knows how to prepare his team for March and his teams always seem to be a major factor, a staple for bracketology.
It’s been interesting watching the teams fighting for Cinderella’s slipper.
It was a good opening round for 12 seeds.
It was a good first weekend for teams from Florida.
Atlantic 10 teams won their first five games and the conference proved itself as a land mind for exploding brackets.
Harvard stunned New Mexico, a team picked by many to go deep in the tournament, and established that nerds can bigtime ball.
In the first round, Harvard, the nation’s oldest university, and Florida Gulf Coast, one of the nation’s newest both won games.
And Florida Gulf Coast, a 15 seed that stunned second-seeded Georgetown, is the type of story that helps provide the appeal and attraction of March Madness.
Every player on Florida Gulf Coast’s roster is older than the university, which rose out of Florida swamp land, has alligators regular roam campus and has rapper Lil’ Wayne as a big fan.
It also offers a major for future medical examiners — future CSI folks.
CSI. That’s what’s needed for most brackets, which are headed, parts torn asunder, to that morque right off the Big Dance floor.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)