Zags First 1-Seed To Fall
March Madness claimed its first one-seed when Gonzaga loss to the 9th seeded Wichita State Shockers 76-70. However, this was not the biggest upset in the NCAA Tournament. When 2nd seeded Georgetown Hoyas took an L against the 15th seeded Florida Gulf Coast, it was the biggest upset in the last 5 years. The 78-68 victory by the Florida Gulf Coast will be quite memorable, and the Hoyas will not forget it anytime soon. Seeding is totally irrelevant once you step on the court. You cannot take any team too lightly. They maybe the one team you will be watching if you plan to buy NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Final Four – Championship Game Tickets.
Gonzaga was outplayed and somewhat confirms my thoughts of them actually getting a number one seed. Their 30-2 was inflated considered their playing schedule was weak. Quality competition exposed the Bulldogs. Wichita State played some good defense when they needed. However, the West Region has seen many upset when you consider seeding. Seeds 3-5 have seen early exits in the West Region continue some teams do get bad seeds coming into the tournament. For example, you do not give Miami Hurricanes a number 1 seed after winning both the ACC Regular Season and the ACC Tournament; this really said something about the committee. Miami is first ACC team to win both the regular season and tournament and not receive a one seed. However, as I said and continue to say, you bring your “A” game and forget seeding.
I could not leave without talking more about the monumental let down of the Georgetown Hoyas. This was possibly the biggest upset defeat they received since Rollie Massimino’s Villanova Wildcats defeated them in the 1985 National Title Game. Who am I kidding; the loss to Florida Gulf Coast was the bigger upset. Hoyas were clearly outplayed by team that also beat the Miami Hurricanes during the season. Both Miami and Georgetown was highly favored to go deep into tournament. Miami will continue forward. Otto Porter Jr., was not enough to really make it happen for the Hoyas.
There are few teams that will be able to take it all the way, and there are few still in it I thought would be gone after day one. Oregon is a 12-seed, and they look strong. Oregon is better team than Selection Committee gave them credit. March Madness has been all it supposed to be. It will only get better as the teams continue play with a desperation needed for one-and-done tournament.