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                                                                                                                               Page 03 | Issue 08 | March 30

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                                 Brandon sinram
                                            sports editor

       Every year, thousands of                                                                               was very close, with constant
Americans fill out NCAA Men’s                                                                                 lead changes, and throughout
Basketball brackets hoping to be                                                                              the second half, both teams
one of the select few to fill out                                                                             made runs that seemed like they
a “perfect bracket.” The bracket                                                                              would for sure win.
season, or March Madness, is a                                                                                     But Jared Sullinger played
season where people are glued                                                                                 a very strong game, leading the
to the TV screen, watching                                                                                    Buckeyes with 19 points and
phenomenal basketball that                                                                                    allowing OSU to advance to the
includes emphatic dunks, big                                                                                  Final Four after winning 77-70.
time shots, and the famous                                                                                         This whole week, the Final
buzzer beaters.                                                                                               Four (Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio
      This year has been full of                                                                              State, and Louisville) will
madness. As crazy as buzzer                                                                                   prepare for the most intense
beaters are, there has not been a                                                                             weekend of basketball of the
single game winning shot at the                                                                               year. The #1 overall Kentucky is
buzzer this entire tournament,                                                                                facing off against in-state-rival
which is extremely rare. In                                                                                   Louisville at 6:00 on Saturday.
comparison, last year, in the        upset the defending national        survived and won 65-59. The          The game should be very
first round alone, there were        champions by 13 points.             Bearcats were lead by Yancy          intense due to the rivalry and
six games that were won at the              Up through the first two     Gates who had 15 points and          the fame of each team’s coach,
buzzer.                              rounds, every single Ohio           10 rebounds. They next played        John Callipari (Kentucky) and
       “Shockingly,” there were      college was undefeated, and all     the the ACC Champion Florida         Rick Putino (Louisville).
less than 100 perfect brackets       four teams, Ohio University,        State, a #3 seed. The Bearcats           Ohio State faces off against
on ESPN and CBS after the            Xavier University, Ohio State       completed the upset with Sean        Kansas following the first game,
first round upsets, including        University, and University of       Kilpatrick’s 18 point game to        at 8:45. Ohio State’s scoring
#2 Missouri (which ruined my         Cincinnati, all                     lead Cincinnati to the Sweet         ability will be challenged against
bracket) and #2 Duke (which I        reached the Sweet Sixteen. OU,      Sixteen.                             Kansas’s defensive ability in a
really enjoyed but also ruined       a thirteen seed, upset the fourth      Lastly, Xavier upset #7 Notre     very intense matchup.
my bracket). Following the           seeded Michigan in the first        Dame in the first round by just         All of the wonderful madness
second round, not a single           round. OU’s D.J. Cooper lead        four points. Xavier senior guard     ends on Monday, where the
perfect bracket existed on a         all scorers with an impressive      Tu Holloway led all scorers with     winners of the Final Four will
registered website. The quest        21 points in route to their five    25 points to bring the Musketeers    play in the NCAA Division
will continue to next year I         point victory.                      to the second round. After some      I National Championship, or
guess.                                    In OSU’s first round, they     brilliant play in the backcourt      “The Dance.” The game will be
    Every year, once our bracket     dominated the entire game           for the first round, Xavier’s post   played in the New Orleans, LA
is busted, we sit and anticipate     in their victory of Loyola-         players began to step up. Senior     Super Dome and will be live on
the greatest upsets of all time, a   Maryland, 78-59. Deshaun            Kenny Frease dominated in the        CBS at 9:00.
basketball Cinderella story. Last    Thomas set the record for this      paint against Lehigh, who upset          I’m hoping for a spectacular
year’s Cinderella team, Virginia     year’s tournament by scoring        #2 powerhouse Duke in the first      and fast paced game, in
Commenwealth, made it all            31 points in one game to help       round, and had 25 points and 12      comparison to last year’s game
the way to the Final Four as a       the Buckeyes. In their second       rebounds.                            where both teams scored in the
twelfth-seeded team, and this        round, OSU’s entire team                       Unfortunately, all of     50’s. This game will be one of
year they looked like they could     contributed significantly, with     Ohio’s teams were defeated           the greatest in history, hopefully,
make a run. Indiana, however,        Liberty-Benton graduate Aaron       in the Sweet Sixteen with the        and thousands, if not millions,
defeated them in a close game,       Craft scored 17 points with 10      exception of Ohio State, who         will be watching the very last
just two points, 63-61. This,        assists, Jared Sullinger adding     defeated Cincinnati 81-66. The       college game of the year. So
however, allowed for a rematch       18 points, and Thomas with          Buckeyes were once again led         sit back and enjoy the game,
of Kentucky’s only regular           another 18 point game.              by sophomore Deshaun Thomas          because a majority of people’s
season loss at the buzzer.               Cincinnati faced off against    with 26 points. Craft played one     brackets are probably busted as
   Last year’s NCAA Champion,        University of Texas in the first    of his best defensive games by       well.
University of Connecticut, was       round, and dominated in the first   forcing over ten turnovers and
eliminated in the first round,       half, starting the game on an       being credited with six steals.
which is uncommon in the             18-2 run. But the game quickly          OSU faced Syracuse, the #1
tournament’s history. Iowa State,    became close with Texas’s big       seed in that region, in the Elite
though they were an eight seed,      second half, but the Bearcats       Eight on Saturday. The game

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