Overtime: March Madness Takes on a Literal Meaning

By Melva N. Lloyd

Even the President gets it wrong sometimes.

The first full weekend of the 2010 edition of March Madness is over and unlike last year, President Barack Obama hasn’t accurately  predicted the overall winner.

The start of this year’s tournament was full of upsets and for many fans of college basketball, frustration and disappointment.  No. 1 Kansas fell to Northern Iowa, St. Mary’s defeated Scottie Reynolds and the Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown went down in the first round to Ohio.  I ripped my bracket up at about 9:30 pm Saturday night.

By Sunday afternoon, Maryland lost in a heartbreaker to Michigan State and ivy leaguers everywhere rejoiced when Cornell knocked off Wisconsin by nearly 20 points; making their way into the Sweet 16, a surprise to just about everyone.

Cornell may have made it past Temple and Wisconsin but the odds that they take out a powerhouse like Kentucky are just about slim to none.  And while everyone’s favorite teams in Duke and Syracuse are still hanging tough, don’t count out Big East champions West Virginia.  The Mountaineers seem to come to life in the second-half of whatever game they play, surprising their opponent and coming out with the victory.  (Don’t believe me?  Check the stats from their game against G’Town in the Big East Final)
This tourney has already taken a turn for the worse for those of us who just knew that our bracket was perfect.  We might have lost a few dollars in an office pool, or two, but the games aren’t over yet.  Maybe we can start another bracket with the teams that are left?  Maybe?
Check back with SMG for weekly updates during this year’s tourney and for up-to-date bracket information, click here: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/bracket

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