February Frenzy: Who Needs March Madness?
Sunday night was yet another exciting evening in college basketball.
The wildness on Sunday when began when the Boston College Eagles missed a golden opportunity to beat the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils. However, The California Bears beat the No. 7 ranked the Arizona Wildcats, 77-69, to continue a trend of upsets.
This week of college basketball was unlike any, anyone has ever seen. The Indiana Hoosiers (No. 1), the Florida Gators (No. 2), the Michigan Wolverines (No. 3), the Kansas Jayhawks (No. 5), the Arizona Wildcats (No. 7), and the Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 10) all lost this week.
The debate is already raging as to who the next No. 1 will be in the new Associated Press Poll.
However, with teams vying for the No. 1 ranking in the polls, others jockeying for position for No. 1 seeds in the tournament, and others battling for important conference standings, the fear is that many fans will miss what is actually occurring right now.
Forget “March Madness”, the games that college basketball fans have witnessed this week have been very special. How can we forget TCU’s had a dramatic win against the Kansas Jayhawks and then stormed the court? That is a #15 seed beating a #2 seed.
Or what about the Wisconsin Badgers half court heave to send the game to overtime against Michigan Wolverines, and then eventually win it in overtime?
There also is the Illinois Fighting Illini’s epic comeback late in the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers. Add in what the Arkansas Razorbacks and Cal Bears did and what Boston College was so close to doing, this sets up for a great month…and it is only Feb. 11th.
The month of March has a name and after this performance by teams in February, February should too.
“February Frenzy” it is. The official month of the court-storming and upsets everywhere.
Enjoy it while it lasts.
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