NCAA Basketball

Are You Ready For March?

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Upset after upset, close game after close game and it’s only February 10th! Five straight weeks the top team in the country has fallen and no team wants to take firm control of the No. 1 spot.

This week, four of the top five teams have been upset and No. 5 Kansas has gotten the court stormed on them twice in the same week.  There is no such thing as a favorite this year, every game is going to be a battle.  I mean, who would have thought that a pitiful TCU team who didn’t even look like they deserved to be a Division 1 team, would beat a Kansas team who had a strong case to be the top team in the country.  No one could have ever predicted that upset and it’s just been that type of season.

Notre Dame and Louisville possibly just finished the best game of the year on the same day where the second best game of the year was played.  Five overtimes in the final game on ESPN in prime-time, to end the night that started with a 3-pointer by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 2.4 seconds left that looked to give No. 3 Michigan the win, but only for Ben Brust to knock down a half court shot as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime and give Wisconsin all the momentum to eventually pull out the win.

Now you have a soaring Miami (FL) team who looks like they can’t be beat knocking down 15 3-pointers in their game today.  They have an extraordinary amount of talent and have defeated North Carolina and Duke by 25+ points.  Will they be able to be stopped in the tournament?

The preseason No. 1 team, Indiana, got another chance to live up to the top spot to only allow Illinois and their crowd to comeback late in the game and win on a layup with .9 seconds left.

Oh yeah, this all happened this week.

Don’t forget about Villanova defeating both Syracuse and Louisville in the same week and the Wildcats most likely aren’t even going to make it to the big dance.

Butler is surging again looking to make it to their third title game under Brad StevensRotnei Clark started the season for the Bulldogs with a running floater from half court in Maui to life Butler over Marquette in the first game of the Maui Invitational, a tournament Butler would eventually win.  Oh wait, Butler also defeated Gonzaga on a buzzer beater in front of college gameday in one of the best games of the year and that was without Clark who is their best player.

How many games did I say were the best this year?  There are just to many games that are coming down to wire and players are making big time plays.  You never know when you are going to go down.  Just ask Florida when they blew a 6 point lead with 56 seconds left to Arizona.

Don’t forget about the big time performance players have put up so far this year either.  Nate Wolters from South Dakota State only managed to score 53 points in a game and don’t be surprised to see him lead his Jackrabbits to an upset in March.

Any team can win on any given night it seems like this year and you don’t want to be that favorite going down early in March.  There is madness in February, can you only imagine how much madness there will be in March.

Selection Sunday is only 35 days away.  Let the countdown begin!