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B r a
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