On the Road to the Final Four
NCAA Sweet 16 teams named; games begin Thursday!
Who knew that Northern Iowa, the defeaters of Kansas, would advance to a round in which the higher ranked Georgetown and Pittsburgh teams could not?
Who knew that St. Mary’s, fresh off a first round upset of Richmond, could carry their momentum into a shocking victory against Villanova?
I sure didn’t. In fact, no one did! How could they?
Most of the brackets filled out by Americans—mine included—should be shredded, because at this point, most are just all plain wrong. That’s the charm of March Madness however—all the “who knews?” That right there is why annual NCAA men's basketball tournament is and deserves to be so popular—because everyone wants to see a Washington, or a Murray St., pull off those upsets. Everyone has a chance at the big time. And if someone told you coming in to this tournament that they had Northern Iowa and Cornell in the Sweet 16 ahead of Kansas and Wisconsin, then they are lying!
As we look ahead toward this weekend’s games in the Sweet 16, we can expect some great match-ups.
Look for Northern Iowa to carry the momentum of that improbable victory against Kansas into their game versus Michigan State.
Also, look for Butler to put up a fight against top ranked Syracuse.
However, the magical run for Cornell will likely end when they are pitted against heavily favored Kentucky, now ranked number one after Kansas was knocked out. The Wildcats are just better in every way.
But don’t be surprised if St. Mary’s makes a run at Baylor.
While watching these weekend games, keep thinking, what will the next great upset be, and who will that team be? What do you think is going to happen this weekend?
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IMAGE: Final Four logo from the NCAA web site.