Second round of March Madness over

I didn’t find the time to post anything yesterday, but I was checking on the first couple of games. We are down to the Men’s Division I basketball Sweet Sixteen now.

There were three upsets in the Second round, plus three teams that are seeded lower than 4th advanced to the regional semifinals because of an upset in the first round.

The next games are on Thursday, the 24th. The south and west regions will have their 4 games that day, with east and Midwest the next day. Only one lower seed plays Thursday, which is number 5 Miami. But 5 of the 8 teams playing Friday are 5 or lower. Amazing.

Unfortunately, as I was cheering for the University of Utah, they were defeated by Gonzaga in one of the upsets, by 23 points.

In other Utah basketball news, the BYU women’s team lost their first round game on Saturday, while the BYU men’s team, in the National Invitation Tournament, won their second game on Friday and will play again on Tuesday. The same day Utah has their presidential caucuses.

Yes, I know the last one isn’t basketball. Sue me.


Friday basketball update

Well, 16 more games have been concluded, 16 more teams eliminated from the tournament, which is now down to 32 teams. Today and tomorrow they will all play and we’ll be down to the Sweet Sixteen, with only 4 teams left in each region.

There were 6 more upsets yesterday. The biggest one was a #15 team beating a #2. Middle Tennessee pulled ahead of Michigan State in the 2nd half and wound up 9 points ahead. The final score was 90 – 81.

We also saw a 14 over 3 with Stephen F Austin over West Virginia. There have been 13 upsets total, with the following high seeds being eliminated , out of 4 of each rank: one 2, one 3, one 4, two 5s, three 6s, two 7s, and three 8s. The only rank to see all 4 stay in were the number 1 seeds. But three of them now face a number 9 team who just pulled an upset of a number 8. Butler did the best, winning their upset by 10 points. Virginia better be on their guard tonight.

I was not surprised but still a bit disappointed that Weber State fell to Xavier, 71 – 53.

In other Utah team news, BYU is in the NIT tournament, seeded #2. I don’t know if they played again yesterday, but I believe they are a couple days ahead of the NCAA in terms of rounds.

So the NCAA has 8 more games today, starting at 12:10 and going until the final start at 9:40 pm.

More later, bye!

First round of March Madness continues

Well, the first 16 games are over, and 16 more games today will wrap up the First Round of the men’s basketball tournament. 7 of these college team winners are upset victories, and since it would take too long to list off all the winners, I’ll just talk about those upsets. There were three games involving a number 8 seed against the 9th, and all 3 were won by the number 9 team. My friend at work was excited about Butler’s victory since a relative went to school there (My college is way too small for Division I, so they’re never making it into this tournament).

There were also two upsets each of a 12th seed over 5th, and 11th over 6th. One of the 12s is Yale, who I noted as being in the tournament for the first time in many years. Next they face fellow Ivy League school Duke. The other 12, Little Rock, beat Purdue and now faces Iowa State. The two 11s are Wichita State and Gonzaga, who now face #3s Miami and Utah.

Speaking of Utah, this is the highest they’ve been seeded in the tournament since 1999, according to a video on Rant Sports that my phone did not let me watch all the way through.

I tend to cheer on any Utah teams in the tournament since I have my roots there. I’ll go more into my genealogy later but my father and all 4 grandparents were born in Utah. My father’s parents spent their whole lives in that state except for a brief stint in Iowa. My first ancestor to reach Utah was just a few days behind Brigham Young in 1847. By 1870, I think all but one of my ancestral lines had arrived there, though some lived in neighboring states for a while after that. Anyway, that’s the state I feel the strongest connection to in terms of teams, especially since there are none from Maine or New Hampshire.

There’s another Utah team in the competition as well, which I just noticed this morning. Weber State, seeded 15, will play today against #2 Xavier. Good luck, guys!

NCAA March Madness first round starts today

I am not normally a sports fan, but I do like to follow the March Madness (NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament). It’s not about the basketball for me, but I enjoy the bracket and the single elimination process.

I started to follow the tournament yesterday, the day that the First Four games concluded. I just printed out a bracket (sorry I can’t give a link posting from my phone) and will be writing out the results of the 16 first round games playing today, the first of which starts at 12:15 pm today. That first game is between 4th seed (in the west regionals) Duke vs 13th seed North Carolina – Wilmington.

In the previous 4 games, Wichita State beat Vanderbilt, Fairleigh Dickinson demolished FGCU, Michigan beat Tulsa, and Holy Cross edged Southern.

One more thing: Yale is in the tournament for the first time in many years, but their team captain, about to graduate, was just expelled recently  over a sexual assault allegation that had absolutely no evidence to back it up. I’ll try to find the link where I read about that and add it to this post. Hope the crazy feminist ideas about “rape culture” don’t kill their chances, such as they are (they are seeded 12th and have to play a 5th seed, Baylor, at 2:45 today in Providence RI).