Rob Long: March Makes You Mad
I’ve figured out why they call it “March Madness”. It’s not just because of the excitement on the court of the buzzer beaters or the exceptional play. It’s also because the majority of the country makes an attempt at becoming college basketball experts for three weeks.
We all do it, whether money is on the line or not. We print up a bracket and predict who’s going to win this thing. Boy, we’re foolish.
It started with Gonzaga. We listened to the national networks (ESPN) who absolutely loved this team and no one wanted to admit to themselves that they did not have a schedule that constantly tested them. There’s something to be said about being battle tested.
Miami was another team we all fell in love with. Playing in the ACC does make you battle tested but if you can’t hit the broad side of a barn, it’s tough to win and the Hurricanes could not shoot on Thursday night. DOWN GO THE CANES. Wow, this team won both the ACC regular season and post season titles.
Indiana and their on again, off again relationship with the number one ranking looked to be a good pick to win it all, but their on again, off again relationship with the rim on Thursday proved to be their demise as well.
So, now you look at teams like Wichita State, who just advanced to the Elite Eight and Florida Golf Coast who has advised everyone that they would like to be referred to as FGCU and try to pick a winner from that bunch. You can only hope that teams such as Louisville, Duke or Michigan State can make an appearance down the stretch. I’m sure some of you has one of those teams winning it all. You gotta love college basketball.