Oh, you're talking about the men's tournament? Yeah, #3 Duke lost to #14 Mercer -- in Raleigh NC! For the Tar Heel state fans, if you'd picked NC State vs. Duke in the Championship game on April 7th, your brackets are BUSTED. A good year for a fun tournament. By Friday there'd been six OT games. For the fourth straight year one of the play-in "First Round" teams, a #11, advanced after the Real First Round. Four #12s advanced. In a terrific game Stephen F. Austin defeated Virginia Commonwealth.
In Saturday's shakedown, both of the remaining Michigan teams, MSU and UofM, moved on. Syracuse, which had beaten WMU, is gone. Harvard was taken out by State in a game with a very quiet crowd. Also on Saturday, the start of the Women's tourney -- I saw a terrific set of games interleaved with everything else.
Sunday morning, NPR was saying I am not alone. March Madness, the most successful American sports tournament, is fed from college basketball's regular season. Which ranks way behind football and baseball as America's favorite sport -- typically in the 5-10% range. I tell you, the concentration of games coupled with the one-and-done format makes for compelling stuff -- switching across four channels (CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV) adds to the fun.
The women continue their First Round shortly, while the men finish their Real Second Round. And anything can happen.
Anything except NC State vs. Duke, that is...