Why do we love college basketball? We love it for the upsets, the thrilling plays and the unexpected. We got all three in the Wisconsin Badgers‘ epic win over the then-No. 3 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan hit a three to give the Wolverines a three-point lead with 2.4 seconds left and then Badgers forward Ben Brust launched a bomb from half court that sent the game to overtime and sent the Kohl Center into hysteria. If the Wisconsin Buzzer Beater, as it’s now known, is any indication, we’re in for one heck of college basketball tournament this year.
The best thing about this shot and this game is that it illustrates the entire 2012-13 college basketball season. There is no dominant team. Heck, there’s not even a group of dominant teams. The title is completely up for grabs and even when a team looks like it has sealed the deal, something like Brust’s Bomb can change everything, including the livelihood of several college basketball gamblers (sorry if you had money on Michigan in this one).
It will be a tough job for the NCAA Tournament selection committee this year because there will be way more than 68 teams worthy of an invitation. Here’s a bold prediction (sarcasm): no one will have a perfect bracket after the first round of the tournament. If you thought last year’s tournament was wild, this year’s is going to blow your mind…and your production at the day job. That’s why we love it, right?