There’s nothing quite like a good NCAA tournament.


At the risk of offending Jayhawk fans, I’ll take a look back at the 2008 tournament. For the first time in the tournament’s history, all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four. Talk about a buzz-kill.


There’s nothing quite like a good NCAA tournament.

At the risk of offending Jayhawk fans, I’ll take a look back at the 2008 tournament. For the first time in the tournament’s history, all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four. Talk about a buzz-kill.

I was fine with the Jayhawks winning, and the drama they provided in the title game made up for the lack of Final Four variety in terms of seeding, but as a whole, that year’s tournament wasn’t doing it for me.

Well, this year we are already down to just two No. 1 seeds left. I suspect Kansas will cakewalk into the Final Four, but despite picking Ohio State as my national champion, I’m not so sure they’ll win their next two games. And I love it that way.

Upsets are what make the tournament great. Everybody loves cheering for the little guy. I had Louisville in my elite eight, but you better believe I was cheering when Morehead State hit that 3-pointer to win.

I had Duke in my Final Four, and they bowed out to a solid Arizona team last night. I had Butler losing in the first round to Old Dominion, and there they are in the Elite Eight. My bracket is completely wrong at this point (Notre Dame let me down). So I’ll be cheering for the low seed the rest of the way this season, and if nothing else, I’ll be cheering for competitive basketball.

I was hoping that in a year completely devoid of elite teams, that tournament chaos would ensue. So far, I’d say it has.

Also worth noting – the NCAA isn’t the only place solid basketball is being played. The Wichita State Shockers are headed to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals of the NIT. While getting to New York is quite the feat, an NIT championship would put a nice bow on top of a season that many assumed would end in the NCAA tournament. It would also be nice to have Coach Gregg Marshall go out in style, if he explores new job opportunities this offseason.