By: Adam Tortelli ~Staff Writer~
In the midst of gloomy April weather, we remember the madness that dominated our lives forthe past month.
From 3-14 upsets to buzzerbeaters and broken brackets to bragging in the face of your friend, not to mention the infamous “I’m taking notes on my laptop today, I swear,” when everyone in the room really knows you have at least two games streaming side by side. March truly is a different time of year.
For the men’s bracket, early tournament predictions were thought to be all but realized. There would be a slew of 5-12 upsets, a team was going to make an unexpected run and Kentucky was going to finish 40-0. However, none of the former predictions came to fruition. One may even say that this year was predictably unpredictable.
The Sweet 16 consisted completely of teams that had made that stage of the tournament at least once within the past five years, and each coach in the Final Four already had a national championship to his name entering Easter weekend.
While this year did not offer the traditional 5-12 upsets that bracket enthusiasts have become so accustomed to, 14-seed Georgia State knocked off 3-seed Baylor in the West region while fellow 14-seed University of Alabama-Birmingham toppled Iowa State in the South bracket. To summarize the 2015 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament: never count out Michigan State as long as Tom Izzo is the coach.
No matter how many McDonald’s All-Americans and potential NBA lottery picks make up a roster, basketball is still a sport that involves teammates’ ability to work together.
Do not try to convince yourself that you have correctly predicted all aspects of the tournament, you will only drive yourself into further embarrassment. While Duke was certainly not the biggest underdog to ever win the title, the top-seeded Blue Devils and the referees surprised the college basketball world and helped pick up Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s fifth title. And while the undefeated and heavily favorited Kentucky Wildcats disappointed on the men’s side, the overwhelming favorite on the women’s side once again took care of business.
The University of Connecticut’s women’s tournament run was its usual exhibition of dominance. Until the title game match-up with fellow No. 1 seed Notre Dame, UConn outscored no less than 20 points. UConn coach Geno Auriemma picked up his tenth title with the Huskies, including five of the last seven titles.