March 25, 2013 by bdetienne
The first weekend of the 2013 NCAA tournament is in the books and what a thrilling weekend it was. Nail-biting games, last second shots, and several surprise results occurred during the four days of basketball and the stage is set for an entertaining Sweet Sixteen. We told you in our last post that there are three certainties that would take place during the tournament and they are already emerging. Articles were written about the loss of productivity at workplaces across America on Thursday and Friday (you might have even seen it firsthand as well). Upsets dotted the landscape of the brackets and continued the trend of the victors not always being the higher seed. Consider:
A 15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast) defeated a 2 seed (Georgetown)
A 14 seed (Harvard) defeated a 3 seed (New Mexico)
A 13 seed (LaSalle) defeated a 4 seed (Kansas State), and this after winning their First Four game
Three 12 seeds (Oregon, Ole Miss, and Cal) defeating a 5 seed (Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, and UNLV, respectively)
An 11 seed (Minnesota) defeated a 6 seed (UCLA)
A 10 seed (Iowa state) defeated a 7 seed (Notre Dame)
Two 9 seeds (Wichita State and Temple) defeated an 8 seed (Pitt and North Carolina State, respectively), although these are not really upsets
Furthermore, Florida Gulf Coast, LaSalle, Oregon, and Wichita State won a second game to earn a berth into the Sweet Sixteen.
Speaking of Florida Gulf Coast, they are the talk of the tournament. Despite only having a Division 1 basketball team for six years and having players on the roster older than the school itself, they have emerged as the Cinderella to this year’s ball with their two unlikely wins thus far. To add to the lore is their coach, Andy Enfield, a former entrepreneur who is a multi-millionaire and coaching for the love of it. Oh, and he’s married to a model. The Eagles have gained a lot of fans over the last four days and it will be interesting to see how they match up against Florida on Friday night. Enfield is also on the list of coaches names that are being thrown around for more prestigious positions after the year is over (along with Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and Shaka Smart of VCU) and time will only tell whether they have a new employer in a few weeks or not.
After a few days off for teams to recover and prepare, the NCAA tournament resumes this Thursday evening. Four Sweet Sixteen games that night will be followed by four more the following night, then two games on Saturday and Sunday will determine the four teams who have punched tickets to the Final Four. Best of luck to all teams left, and may your team/adopted team from your bracket survive and advance!