Men’s NCAA Tournament is in Full Swing

Men’s March Madness

Alex Bruning, Feature Editor

March Madness is a staple of boy’s college basketball. 64 of the best boys college teams from around the nation fight to call themselves the best college team. With the completion of Sunday’s games, the first week of games have already had its share of upsets and close games

The Round of 64 started off with a close game between 12 seed Princeton and 5 seed Notre Dame. The game was close till the very end, and Notre Dame held off the Princeton tigers 60-58. In the first round most high seeds breezed on to the second round except for SMU upset by USC, Maryland upset by Xavier, and Minnesota upset by Middle Tennessee. Most games in the first round were close but none more close than Vanderbilt (9 seed) and Northwestern (8 seed). The game was decided in the last seconds when Vanderbilt guard Matthew Fisher-Davis fouled Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh even though they were up by 1. Matthew made both Free throws and northwestern went on to win 68-66.

The round of 32 was full of crazy games and huge upsets. Huge favorite to win the tournament Villanova was upset by Wisconsin 65-62 when Nigel Hayes had a great baseline move to out Wisconsin up it the last 11 seconds. The great games were done their, with another good game set between FSU and Xavier. 11 seed Xavier had already upset Maryland and they were ready to punch their ticket against a good FSU team led by Dwayne Bacon. Xavier kept a small lead until half-way through the 2nd half when they just exploded. They sent a barrage of offense and FSU was overwhelmed and fell 91-66.

Sunday’s games saw two very good 2 seeds pack their bags and go home. First was Louisville who fell to a strong Michigan Team. The game was full of multiple lead changes, but in the end, good free throw shooting and field goal percentage, led Michigan to a win. The last big upset was between the Duke Blue Devils and the USC Gamecocks. USC led by Sindarius Thornwell went blow for blow with Duke Star Grayson Allen but in the end, Bad free throw shooting let down The Blue Devils