Sunday, March 24, 2013
Where are the Little Guys?
The second round of the NCAA Tournament felt like it was turned upside down. A report said that not one person in any major "Bracket Picking" site had a correct bracket three quarters of the way through that round. After all of the chaos on Thursday and Friday, you would think their would be your so called, "little guys" all over the bracket, but that would not be the case.
Florida Gulf Coast upset 2nd seeded Georgetown in the second round and pretty much stand alone as the "unknown" team left standing. They are in action today against San Diego State.
On Saturday as the third round started, there were a lot of familiar faces advancing to the Sweet 16. Louisville, Michigan State, Arizona, Syracuse, Michigan and Marquette were among the teams advancing. Oregon raised some eyebrows for some but are from a major conference. Wichita State pulled the big upset of the day, defeating the first number one seed in Gonzaga. But most who follow college basketball know how consistently good Wichita State has become under Gregg Marshall. They have been a fixture near the top of the Missouri Valley Conference lately.
Most of the teams in action today, like yesterday, are power players. All of the "little guys" have exited the tournament with the exception of a talented Florida Gulf Coast team and possibly LaSalle.. But with teams like Kansas and North Carolina facing off against each other, Duke and Indiana in action today, the brackets tomorrow will likely be littered with blue bloods of College Basketball dominating the Sweet 16.