We’re just a few days into March Madness and the nail-biting moments are already mounting up.
Number one seeds are getting knocked out, conferences you barely remember exist are getting more shine than usual, and the underdogs are out for blood. The Sweet 16 has been established and it’s just…weird. But before we get to the third round, a lot went down in the rounds of 64 and 32 that left fans crying and everyone else on the edge of their seats. Peep the biggest and (maddest) moments of the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament below:
UMBC Makes a Name For Itself
First off, UMBC isn’t the first 16 seed to knock off a number one seed in NCAA March Madness history. The Harvard women’s basketball team did that 20 years ago, when they took down the Stanford team. But both were huge feats that shouldn’t be ignored. As the retrievers took the court against Virginia, it was apparent that they came to play. It wasn’t a last-second shot or a nail-biting finish that handed them the W; Virginia just got thoroughly outplayed. UMBC’s moment at the top was short-lived, as the team was defeated by Kansas on Sunday. But long live the underdogs.
Xavier, Another Top Seed, Won’t Make It to The Dance
Add in Xavier and that’s two number one seeds that just couldn’t hold on past an opening weekend matchup with the lowly ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. On Sunday, Xavier gave up a 12-point lead to lose 75-70, making it only the fourth time since seeding began in 1979 that two first seeds won’t make it to the Sweet 16. But Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has the right idea, saying that it shouldn’t be called an upset because, “It’s just what they call March Madness.”
The UConn Women’s Team is Breaking Records, Again
What the UConn Huskies women’s team has done in the past few seasons isn’t fair. While the men’s side of things is a bunch of dudes shooting 35 percent from the field, it’s different on the other side. During UConn’s game against St. Francis in the tourney’s first round, the team broke records. Not only did the players score 94 points in the first half, but they ended the game with 140 points, which is nearly three times their opponent’s 52. Name another team shooting 64.8 percent from the field. We’ll wait.
No Lead Is Too Big For Nevada
How do you blow a 22-point lead? Just ask Cincinnati. Just one game away from making it to the Sweet 16, Nevada’s Wolf Pack dug itself out of a deep hole. The comeback didn’t even seem possible until there was about a minute left in the game, and the team didn’t hold its first lead until there were 9.1 seconds left on the clock. After that, number two seed Cincinnati just couldn’t get a shot off. But the Bearcats weren’t the first to fall victim to the Wolf Pack’s comeback powers; the team did the same in an overtime game against Texas just days before.
Defending Champs UNC Fall to The Aggies
Michael Jordan’s confusing “the ceiling is the roof” saying couldn’t save his beloved UNC Tar Heels this go ’round. The defending champs just couldn’t match up to Texas A&M’s T.J. Starks, who dropped 21 points as the Tar Heels lost by 21 points. Small ball just wasn’t cutting it for UNC this time. A bigger, stronger team in Texas used its size to dominate the glass and block shots. On the plus side, the Tar Heels are forever promised fire Jordan gear thanks to MJ’s sponsorship, so they’re still winning. But, for now, go Aggies.