Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday’s was Yale’s first NCAA Tournament win. Ever. Congrats Bulldogs! And the #5 seed jinx continues…
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: March Madness Edition
How’s your bracket looking? Not so good? I feel your pain. Here are the bracket busters you have to thank:
- Brains and brawn. #12 Yale upset #5 Baylor (79-75) in their first tournament appearance since 1962. They face #4 Duke next. Who’s going to be kicking himself? Baylor’s Lester Medford who turned the ball over in the final seconds and let Yale stretch the lead from 2 to 4 points. Who was cheering them on? Former Yale b-ball captain Jack Monatague, who was expelled last month for a sexual assault allegation that caused some serious campus controversy.
- Boiled over. #12 Little Rock upset #5 Purdue (85-83) in double overtime. Purdue completely imploded, giving up a 14-point lead in the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter and looking shaken up in both overtimes. Next up Little Rock faces #4 Iowa State.
- A real shocker all right. #11 Wichita State upset #6 Arizona (65-55) overwhelming them with their defense. Arizona’s coach Sean Miller was really sweating it out—like he had to change his shirt. Next up Wichita State faces #3 Miami.
- I zigged when I should have zagged. #11 Gonzaga upset #6 Seton Hall (68-52), in their 8th straight year of winning the first game of March Madness (where was that stat when I needed it, amirite??). This marked the last game for Seton Hall’s senior Derrick Gordon who was the first openly gay player in the tournament and the only player to make it to March Madness with 3 different teams. Next up Gonzaga faces #3 Utah.
Who looked real good? #1 seeds UVA, UNC, and Kansas blew their #16 seed opponents out of the water. Phew! Tell UVA’s coach Tony Bennett (yep, that’s his real name) he can relax and get lots of fluids, because he briefly collapsed from dehydration at the end of the first half of the game.
Seen and Heard
Over here! Over here! Oklahoma City (“OKC”) Thunder power forward Kevin Durant (“KD”) is one of the top players in the NBA and he becomes a free agent this summer. Cue the rampant speculation over where he might go next! Why would he leave? It’s far from certain that Durant will leave OKC. He’s played for the Thunder his entire career and he has a good thing going with OKC’s other big superstar Russell Westbrook. But they haven’t been able to win a championship and at 27 years old (aka NBA middle-aged), KD may be looking for a change. Who’s trying to get him. Everybody, so KD has his pick of the litter. But the latest team to join the rumor machine is the San Antonio Spurs, who are reportedly willing to free up the funds to get him. With their aging stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, KD could be exactly what they need.
Siri, where is sadness? Apparently, when you ask Siri that question she directs you right to the Cleveland Browns stadium. Whomp whomp. Siri’s right. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. Cheer up? The Browns have dropped distracting QB Johnny Manziel and they are trying to rebuild their team with younger players to stand a better chance next season. Fingers crossed.
Let the madness take you. March Madness continues this weekend! The First Round of 64 will finish up today and the Second Round of 32 will take place over the weekend. Your couch is going to have a serious you-sized imprint by Monday morning.
Don’t have some clue what you’re watching, check out our team tips here!
Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs. This is a big one folks. The Spurs are ranked right behind the Warriors in the Western Conference, and both are undefeated at home this season. Will the Spurs be able to keep the streak alive and survive the golden boys from the North? Tune in Saturday, 8:30PM ET to find out.
We’ll see you Monday! Try not to go completely mad.