NCAA basketball: The Ides of March
“Beware the ides of March” said the ancient Roman soothsayer, warning Julius Caesar that March 15 might be a good day to call in sick. So you’d understand if some superstitious college basketball fans were nervous as top teams took the floor for their opening games in the NCAA Tournament. But thus far, your pool bracket is pretty much intact if you picked the favorites — though the evening is far from over. Syracuse nearly made the wrong kind of history, but they avoided becoming the first-ever top seed to be upset in the first round, coming from behind to defeat 16-seed North Carolina-Asheville, 72-65. Top-ranked Kentucky cruised past in-state kid brother Western Kentucky, 81-66, and Final Four dark-horse Wisconsin clobbered Montana, 73-49. Only 12-seed Virginia Commonwealth has upset the selection committee, edging 5-seed Wichita State, 62-59. VCU’s coach Shaka Smart led last year’s Rams to the Final Four, and they’re apparently back to see if Cinderella’s glass slipper still fits.
Yet we’re still waiting for the tournament’s first buzzer-beater, a thrilling last-second basket that puts the insanity in March Madness. It’s not officially the tournament until a basketball giant is slayed in dramatic fashion by some baby-faced David hoisting up a three-pointer as time expires.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch as many games this afternoon as I would’ve liked, even though every contest streamed live online. I was simply too busy working in my office, with the door closed for five hours beginning around noon. Didn’t catch one minute of ball on my computer, though. Because I was working, boss. I swear. By the way, boss, I also have conference calls all afternoon tomorrow. Tip off… I mean, my first meeting starts at 12:15.
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