2014 NCAA Tournament Has Lived Up to the Madness Thus Far

By Shane Phillips
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

After the committee had set the field and Selection Sunday was concluded, the complaints and cries unleashed like a pack of ravaged dogs. The complaints ranged from Rick Pitino‘s frustration over the match-up against his former protege to the argument the the NCAA purposely stacked Wichita State‘s section of the bracket to take down the Shockers. But then again, every year someone or lots of people complain and the tourney usually ends up fine. This year has been no different.

Thus far, through 16 games, we have witnessed three upsets, three overtime thrillers, one buzzer-beater and a ton of busted brackets. At one point, it looked like Albany was going to become the first No. 16 seed to uproot a No. 1 seed in the history of the tourney. That No. 1 seed happened to be the overall first-seeded Florida Gators who handled the scare and pulled away in the end.

As always, there have been a handful of blowouts, but the tourney has been a great success thus far. However, I have one problem — the overuse of the flagrant foul. The officials throughout the sites have been a bit whistle happy and have, in my opinion, overused the flagrant one call. All the play has been very clean and very fair with all of the teams showing respect for one another.

With another 16 games slated for day two of March Madness, you can guarantee that productivity throughout the states will be reduced to that of a preschool. Everyone will be huddled in front of TVs, hiding their web-browsers from their bosses and cursing under their breath. If Friday can replicate even half the madness that Thursday created, it will be more than enough to drive have the college basketball universe insane.

Shane Phillips is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.

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