March Madness: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Preview – South Region

Ryan Fravel, Sports Editor

The NCAA Tournament has started and the madness has already kicked off, as two big upsets yesterday caused busted brackets early in the competition. The #11 Seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers upset the #6 Seeded Miami Hurricanes as the Ramblers won their first NCAA tournament game since 1985, after which they followed up with another upset over the #3 Seeded Tennessee Volunteers by a basket. The other upsets were when the #13 Seed Buffalo Bulls surprised the #4 Seeded Arizona Wildcats which ruined a ton of brackets as Arizona was one of the favorites to come out of the South Region of the Tournament.  

The last, but arguably the biggest upset in sports history was when the #16 seeded UMBC Retrievers defeated the #1 Overall seeded Virginia Cavaliers and not only defeated them but blew them out of the water by 20 points.  As the Retrievers are the first ever #16 seed to ever beat a #1 seed, previously #1 seeds were 135-0 against #16 seeds. So far this Tournament has made a lot of history and its only half way done, this year was the first time ever the top 4 seeds from any region have been eliminated before the Sweet Sixteen.

So far most of the upsets have occurred in the South Region of the bracket, does that say something, should the top teams left be afraid of the Ramblers?  We will wait and see what happens but as of right now we are going to talk about the teams who are left and who are the favorites now. Obviously the Ramblers can throw a wrench in things, however, the favorite to come out now that i am going to tell you about right now.

According to ESPN, the Favorite now is The #5 Seed Kentucky Wildcats who are coming off a tough, hard fought, win against the Wildcats of Davidson, as well as a blowout against the Cinderella Buffalo Bulls team.  Now the Big Blue will have to face the #9 Seeded Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State is coming off a tough win against a scrappy UMBC team that just blew the doors off Virginia. The #2 seed Cincinnati Bearcats who were one of the favorites to come out of the South were until they were upset by the #7 Seeded Nevada Wolfpack by a last second shot.

We will see how the last top 5 seed Wildcats will do from this point on or will the destruction of Loyola and Nevada continue, will the Blue Bloods come through and prove they are better than these MId-Major teams. Only time will tell.  As always, this is why we love watching March madness because the Madness is there every year.