Early NCAA Tournament Thoughts: This is Madness!

Madness?

This is March! 

Falling out of his chair was Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter as his son RJ hit the go-ahead three with just over 2 seconds left. Hunter was nursing a torn achilles, hence the roller chair on the sidelines. Taurean Prince was the only Baylor player in double digits, scoring 18. The Pounce of Georgia State won though, 57-56.

If you had Georgia State winning, I want photographic proof.

R.J. finished with 16 points in the game, leading all Georgia State scorers. Baylor led by 12 (56-44) with 2:55 left in the game. It was at that point, I thought Seth Davis could pull out his red marker…

Which quickly turned into…

As Georgia State was within 2 with 19 seconds left in the game.

Of course Baylor wasn’t alone…

It seemed like Iowa State was America’s Team…The 3 seed that everyone was choosing to go as far as the Final Four…

Uh oh.

Iowa State jumped out to a 12-4 with 14:22 left in the first half, and then lost lead with 7 minutes later. The University of Alabama-Birmingham led by 3 at halftime, 31-28. Neither team led by more than 3 until Georges Niang put the Cyclones up by 4 on a pair of free throws with 3:13 left in the game.

Robert Brown, who led all scorers with 21, put UAB ahead with a 3 pointer and 50 seconds left. Iowa State couldn’t regain the lead as UAB won 60-59. And then you heard a collective…

…across the country.

Notre Dame was able to narrowly escape a similar fate as the other two #3 seeds as they edged out Northeastern 69-65. Fellow #3 seed Oklahoma better watch out tomorrow as they take on Albany, who is already feeling the “Madness” after winning their conference tournament on a game winning 3…the only one they made ALL GAME.

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