Editor’s corner: March Madness

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Michael Marzzacco | mmarzzacco@radford.edu

It is March and for sports fans everywhere, that means NCAA Tournament time. It is a special time for college sports fans across the country to make brackets and compete with their friends for the chance to get the most picks right and take home the money.

It is not as easy as it sounds as 68 hungry teams are all competing for that one shining moment: A national championship. That means that no top team is safe. Upsets happen all the time. More upsets happen in March Madness than any other postseason sport.

My bracket was very embarrassing. On Saturday, my bracket was officially busted as Oregon lost to Oklahoma. I had Michigan State as my national champion this year, along with a bunch of other fans. We all got screwed. The Spartans fell to 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee 90-81 in the first round in what is considered the biggest upset in March Madness history.

There were various thrilling games over the course of the tournament. One of my favorites was Texas A&M’s double overtime comeback win over University of Northern Iowa, 92-88. The Aggies trailed by 12 points in the final minute before putting together a rally for the ages to force overtime. Notre Dame’s late game heroics over Stephen F. Austin, 76-75, was also a thriller from earlier that day.

Last weekend saw the Elite 8 as teams were fighting for a trip to the Final Four. Number two-seeded Oklahoma beat first-seeded Oregon, 80-68. Another number two seed beat the top seed over in the South Region as Villanova beat Kansas, 64-59. On Sunday, tenth-seeded Syracuse rallied to upset top seed University of Virginia, 68-62. First seed University of North Carolina then took care of sixth seed Notre Dame, 88-74.

This all sets up for an exciting Final Four this weekend in Houston, Texas. On Saturday night we will find out which two teams will face each other in the National Championship. The first game begins at 6:09 p.m. with a pair of number twos: Villanova and Oklahoma. That game will be followed by Syracuse looking to upset UNC at 8:49 p.m. You can catch both games on TBS.