NCAA Tournament Does Not Disappoint- Again!

Adam Agababayev, Reporter

It was madness. MARCH MADNESS. The 2014 NCAA tournament finishes with a bang, but before I skip to the end, let’s take a look at how it started and most importantly, what upsets played out.

The tournament began with Ohio State University vs. Dayton University. This 11th seeded Dayton team was able to beat the 6th seeded Buckeyes 60-59, causing a huge blow to brackets world-wide, including mine. On the very first day of the tournament, worth $1 billion dollars to those who predict the tournament outcomes perfectly, there were numerous amounts of upsets, such as my favorite game Harvard vs. Cincinnati (Only because I called the upset). With those two upsets of the many, brackets began to fail and numbers began to decrease faster than you could imagine. And guess what, after 12thseed North Dakota State beat 5th seed Oklahoma, ONLY 1% OF THOSE WHO ENTERED WARREN BUFFET’S $1 BILLION TOURNAMENT REMAINED. It only got worse for those who entered the competition, because Team USA’s beloved Coack K of Duke was knocked out of the tournament in the FIRST ROUND by 14th seed Mercer.

As the second round of the NCAA went under way, guess what school came for another upset? DAYTON. The school upset 3rd seeded Syracuse, who I chose to be the NCAA national champions, boy was I wrong! Thirsty for some more jaw dropping upsets? Here’s TWO more, Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Wiggins and his Kansas Jayhawks? BEAT BY UNDERDOG STANFORD 60-57. Remember Wichita State’s perfect record? Well they are perfect no more; apparently Kentucky was not intimidated at all because they beat Wichita St. 78-76.

Sugar and spice makes everything nice, the Sweet Sixteen. Can Dayton draw up a Cinderella story? Well they’re on their way; Dayton beats Stanford 82-72 and reserve their spot in the Elite Eight. 7th seed UConn beats 3rd seed Iowa State 81-76, with the aid of DeAndre Daniels’s 27-bomb. The rest of the round consisted of no more upsets.

DOES UNDERDOG DAYTON BEAT 1ST SEED FLORIDA AND MAKE THE FINAL FOUR? No! After a long run by the 11th seeded team, Dayton is stopped by Florida with a score of 62-52. However, there was still more excitement ahead, BOTH Michigan teams were knocked out! 8th seed Kentucky beat 2nd seed Michigan and UConn beats 4th Seed Michigan State! Aaron Gordon’s 1st seed Arizona gets eliminated in OT by the Wisconsin Badgers.

Heading into the Final Four, Shabazz Napier’s Huskies TAKE DOWN 1st seed Gators 63-53, reserving a spot in the National Championship game, which nobody thought a 7th seed, who almost lost to 10th seed St. Joseph’s in the first round of the tournament, could do! The Badgers are eliminated by Kentucky with a score of 74-73, a WILD game it turned out to be! The Harrison twins come off with the game winning play, a pass from Andrew Harrison to his brother Aaron Harrison for the game winning three to put the Wildcats up a point.

Nobody ever thought a 7th seed and 8th seed would make it to the championships, but UConn and Kentucky proved otherwise. Coach Kevin Ollie’s UConn came out on top to beat Kentucky for the title 60-54. UConn’s backcourt tandem Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright combined for 36 points, including four 3-pointers by Napier. What went wrong from the Wildcats? Well how about their free throws with only ELEVEN made of TWENTY-FOUR. If the ‘Cats would have made their shots from the line, they would be the ones jumping for joy and holding the title.

Overall, this year was a bracket full of upsets from Dayton to Harvard to North Dakota State. But the UConn Huskies win the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness Tournament and the wait is on for next year.