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NCAA Bracket Challenge Update and Tourney Thoughts

Joe Robbins

After the first round, TrimmingAubreyBeardsley leads the GABA Bracket Challenge with 24 points. If not for the Cal-UNLV and Georgetown-FGCU turnouts, Aubrey would have a perfect right side of the bracket. Thee of us, including myself, are right behind Aubrey with 23 points. Unfortunately, I had New Mexico in my Final Four, so I'm pretty much screwed.

My thoughts on the tournament so far are that it's living up to the hype. It was projected to be an exciting first round because of how level the playing field is this year, and that was indeed the case. There were plenty of upsets and near-upsets. The only thing that could have made it better would have been for Kansas or Gonzaga to have gone down to their sixteenth-seed opponents. I just finished watching the Kansas game, and they were lucky to escape. They enjoyed some favorable officiating, and Western Kentucky couldn't buy a basket at the end. The Hilltoppers missed a ton of open looks from deep and could have easily won had they made a couple. In any event, it's pretty clear that the numerous prognosticators claiming that Kansas and Gonzaga are overrated are right. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them go down this weekend. Fortunately for Kansas, they're playing North Carolina. Gonzaga, on the other hand, may have its hands full with Wichita St.

Speaking of the Shockers, they're still coached by Gregg Marshall. You know, that uber-successful guy who used to want to be our coach. Not that I'm not glad to have Frank Martin, but it stings a little to think of what might have been had we hired Marshall when we had the chance. Just like it stings to see Ramon Galloway and La Salle march on. I had Kansas St. in the Elite Eight, by the way. Playing New Mexico. Yikes. I really am screwed. At least I can say I called the Ole Miss and Minnesota upsets, though.