In My Bracket Opinion 2016 – First Round

DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Josh Hagins #3 of the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans reacts during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Pepsi Center on March 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 592272735 ORIG FILE ID: 516222798

After two days of non-stop basketball, there are two things for certain in this year’s NCAA tournament

Nobody has a perfect bracket.

Anything and everything can happen.

(Thank God I took two days of vacation time for this.)

There’s a whole lot to talk about and I’m sure the analysts will be all over TV, radio, and the Internet giving their perspective. I’m just a regular guy giving his two cents’ worth.


We have our moment of the tournament (so far).

That goes to Paul Jesperson of Northern Iowa. He hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat Texas 75-72 on Friday night. The Longhorns had just tied the game at 72 with 2.7 seconds left in regulation when Jesperson pulled out his heroics. The Panthers face Texas A&M in the next round on Sunday.


The cruelest way to lose.

Everyone thought that when Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis dunked the ball at the buzzer that the Bearcats had tied the contest with the Hawks of St. Joseph’s and were about to go into overtime. But the officials had to go to replay to make sure. The replay showed that Ellis still had his hands on the ball as the ball was going into the basket.

The basket was waived off. St. Joseph’s moves on.


Middle Tennessee State blew up everybody’s bracket.

Raise your hand if you had Michigan State going deep in this tournament.

(I’ve got mine up.)

Many experts and fans had the Spartans going all the way and winning the National Championship. But the Blue Raiders jumped all over Sparty and never looked back. They started the game on a 15-2 run and held off every run that Michigan State could muster. Now Middle Tennessee Start joins the likes of Richmond, Coppin State, Norfolk State, and Florida Gulf Coast in the realms of a 15-seed taking out a 2-seed.


I no longer trust Baylor in the tournament.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

I actually thought Baylor would’ve come ready to atone for their first-round exit from last year’s tournament. I thought that remembering the feeling on watching Georgia State celebrate their upset victory over the Bears would have them ready to not look past 12-seeded Yale.

Guess I was wrong.

All I kept hearing about was how great the Bears were rebounding the ball and how athletic they were. But the Bulldogs outrebounded them by four and shot over 50 percent from the field. There was no luck involved. Baylor just got beat.

Now I’ll put them in my personal Can’t Trust This Team in the Tournament file with Georgetown and Purdue as teams you just don’t know what you’re going to get when the brackets come out.


Speaking of Purdue…

Can the Boilermakers please explain to me how could they lose a 13-point lead with three and a half minutes to go in regulation?

I could go on and on but Round 2 is starting in less than an hour. Let’s get ready.


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