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Fri, Aug 22, 2014

SPORTS: March Madness is spring break for adults

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It looks like winter is finally over, daylight saving time has begun, and it’s time for adult spring break otherwise known as the beginning of the NCAA tournament.

College basketball fans and other people that could care less about the teams playing instead they are worrying about making a few extra bucks on the side (wink, wink) have filled out their brackets.

Starting about 11 a.m. today and continuing tomorrow everybody will either be in front of the television, or watching at work while their bosses are not around the second round of 2012 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament.

It has become a sports holiday around the nation, and what makes it so memorable is watching those unexpected results happen on the court.

It has gotten to the point that expect in a few cases like a No. 1 seed facing a 16 seed, the seeds really do not matter anymore.

That is the only matchup in the tournament’s history that has not produced a first round upset. All of the other seeding opening round matchups have produced a shocking result, including a few years ago when a 15 seed knocked a 2 seed.

There is no clear cut favorite anymore and the gap between all of the teams in the tournament regardless of what conference they play in has closed dramatically.

The next two days will create the most drama throughout the tournament.

For those sports history buffs like me, you remember the numerous upsets during this early round of the dance that lives on forever. Even through, fans can recall them like it took place yesterday.

What makes this postseason a whole lot better than the college football version is everyone that is in the bracket has a chance to take home the national title.

The mid-major schools actually get a chance to succeed, and two of them have taken advantage VCU and Butler both made last season’s Final Four. Butler has even played for the championship in the previous two seasons.

However, in order to get invited previous success does not count toward a way in getting that golden ticket for those mid-majors.

Even with the Bulldogs recent triumphs, because it poor performance in the Horizon Conference this season, they will not be on this year’s list of 68 teams playing the NCAA tournament.

This year’s field is loaded with mid-major schools that could make another run at the Final Four like VCU and Butler did last season.

By the way, VCU is hoping for another repeat of last season, as the Rams are back in the tournament.

This time, it is a No. 12 seed in the South Regional and will face No. 5 seed Wichita State tonight at 6:15 p.m. in Portland on CBS.

Because of all of the early round upsets in the past few years, the experts have taken account of the success of the mid-major schools and some of them have schools like a VCU or a Belmont making deep runs in this year’s dance.

Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville is one of the eight sites that will host second and third round games tomorrow and Sunday.

Two of the upsets could happen in the Music City, the No. 14 seed in the East and Atlantic 10 tournament champion St. Bonaventure facing No. 3 seed Florida State, or look out for No. 13 seed in the Midwest and Mid-American tournament champion Ohio against No. 3 Michigan. There are several potential upsets that could happen in the next four days, but what makes this postseason so great is we have no idea which ones will happen.

Speaking of the ladies, let’s not forget about the huge matchup in the first round of the Fresno Regional on Sunday at Memorial Gym in the Music City.

No. 7 seed Vanderbilt will host an in-state rival that they have not played since 1992, the MTSU Lady Raiders on Sunday afternoon on ESPN2.

What I gathered from Monday’s viewing party at the Rose and Emmett Kennon Blue Raiders Sports Hall of Fame, the players and the fans were very excited about getting an opportunity to face the Commodores.

It was a selection that I think nobody saw coming, but glad that these two quality programs will get to face each other.

I just wish it did not take 20 years to finally make it happen.

Last week, the MTSU students were on Spring Break, and the rest of the community will be going on the week-long holiday in the next few days.

And today is the beginning of the adult one and it will be spent in front of the television hoping to watch more unexpected moments in the tournament.
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