March 24th, 2013 at 11:16 PM ^

And Georgetown is the reigning king of choking and underachieving in the Tournament. Florida has a full week to prepare for them, won't take them lightly, and gets to spend their time hearing from all the national AND locl media talking about how swell Fl GC is. The carriage turns back to a pumpkin most of the time in weekend two.


March 24th, 2013 at 11:44 PM ^

Georgetown and SDSU thought they should advance with ease.  Look at George Mason, they went to Final Four as a 11 seed, and they upset good teams along the way like UConn. They beat MSU, UNC and UConn on the way to the Final Four.

Saying FGCU have no chance is stupid based on the tournament result.  They dominated both teams.  It's not like they made a miracle buzz beater shot to beat them.  They flatout just dominated both teams.  It wouldn't surprise me if FGCU beat Florida.  FGCU just shredded the 2nd best defensive team in the country in Georgetown, the same Georgetown who locked down Big East teams.

Florida tends to struggle against teams with good guard plays.  In the tournament, FGCU guards have been fantastic and were unfazed by the full court press.  With great guard play and their ability to be fearless, I can see the upset. Florida likes to force turnovers via full court press and half court trap. 


March 24th, 2013 at 11:50 PM ^

But ignores the dozens of other Cinderella's that win a couple of games then get destroyed by a high seed the second weekend, when the element of surprise is gone. Florida is good. And they're going to be the tird most popular team in their state this week. (4th if you count the Heat).

The Bugle

March 24th, 2013 at 9:49 PM ^

I know there are tons of upsets every year, but does it seem like there was a disproportionate amount of bad seeding this year?  Of note you have 3 12's winning, a 15 making the sweet 16 for the first time ever and a victory for a 13 and 14 seed in the first round.  Also, St. Louis, a 4 seed thought to be a team that would give Louisville fits, bowed out to a 12 seed.  Is this just March Madness living up to its name, a case of very poor seeding or just a demonstration of how much pariety college basketball has this year?


March 24th, 2013 at 10:31 PM ^

Parity is the new thing for several reasons including expanded AAU programs, top players leaving for the NBA before graduation.  Add that to the three point line which allows any team to beat a better team by getting hot from behind the arc and upsets are going to be the norm in this era.  I don't think it's fair to blame the seeding.  Georgetown had a great season and deserved a two.  Gonzaga never played anyone, but they were 1 in the AP poll, so it's hard not to give them a one.  The only team that was upset that I think was genuinely overrated was probably New Mexico.

rob f

March 24th, 2013 at 10:36 PM ^

of bad seeding (Gonzaga a 1?), parity, match-ups in style (seemed to often favor dogs in this year's tournament), shaky coaching, even shakier officiating, and sometimes, nothing but sheer/dumb luck.

But oh so much fun to watch, no matter how utterly destoyed my brackets are!


March 24th, 2013 at 10:33 PM ^

12's always do damage, though Oregon should have been way higher.  Georgetown has a history of crashing out in spectacular fashion.


March 24th, 2013 at 10:51 PM ^

Sometimes the seas part, and teams get to walk across.  I don't have the stats in front of me, but I am sure a 12 seed or worse has made the sweet 16 about 80% of the tournaments.

Easiest FF runs in the past decade+:

2008 - Kansas made the final four without playing a seed better than 8.  16, 8 , 12, 10.

2001 - MSU played 16, 9, 12, 11 to get to their final 4. 


March 25th, 2013 at 12:00 AM ^

Using your hypothesis that Butler > Miami, we can continue to add on to that by using your suggested and flawed logic that the outcome of one game shows how good/bad a team is and dictates the outcome . For example: You for some reason say Bulter is better than Miami, and Miami beat Illinois, who beat Butler. So your new amended statement would be Butler > Miami > Illinois > Butler > Miami > Illinois > Butler > Miami > Illinois > Butler, etc etc etc. You can see your statement creates infinite loop of a paradox that is really just saying Butler is better than Butler, which has nothing to do with Miami vs. Marquette. I would suggest you quit being butt hurt about Illinois losing and accept in the tourney that anything can and will happen and that what happened in the last game or any game in the season is hopelessly irrelevant. Marquette vs. Miami won't be an easy game for either team.


March 24th, 2013 at 11:34 PM ^

Coach K is taking the complete opposite approach from Tubby Smith: he has guys with four personals still out on the floor in the middle of the second half.  So far it seems to be working.