It’s been March Madness to its fullest as overtimes and upsets keep on coming in the NCAA Division national championship tournament, where the 68-team field has been narrowed to the “Sweet 16,” which includes three Pac-12 teams as Arizona trounced Gonzaga 81-64, UCLA routed Stephen F. Austin 77-60, and Stanford edged Kansas 60-57.
Now Stanford and its “from fire him to compliment him” head coach Johnny Dawkins get a Sweet-16 matchup with the Dayton Flyers, who upset Syracuse.
For some of the college teams who’ve had memorable overall seasons or postseasons, their Sweet-16 dreams turned sour over the weekend, though their tourney fate shouldn’t lesson their accomplishments, such as Wichita State, which had its perfect season snapped by Kentucky; Creighton and its outstanding All-American Doug McDermott were eliminated by Baylor; and upstart Mercer having its Cinderella postseason run ended with a thud by Tennessee.
As for all the overtimes, they were created by some unbelievable plays, including a four-point play to tie a game right before the final horn, with the player who committed the foul looking distraught. But he’s not responsible for his team’s OT loss because there are always many other circumstances that build up to the finish, whichever way it goes.
This weekend’s Sweet-16 will provide another slate of upper-level hoops play and who knows who will survive, or be sent packing on a freak play near the end of a game or in another OT period or two.
That’s what the madness is all about and will spill over from March into April.
As for the pro hoops madness, the Golden State Warriors are technically in a battle for the final playoff spots, but they’ll make it.
Whoever they play in the first round better beware, because the Warriors are built to cause problems in a playoff series.
Now you might say that I’m not being realistic about the making the playoffs issue, and if the Warriors end up without being a fifth or sixth seed, and end up a seventh or eighth seed and have to play mighty the deep and daunting San Antonio Spurs or athletically talented Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round that Golden State will be the one with the matchup problems.
That is a scenario that definitely could cause some major worries.
Though, like I said, the Warriors are far from a matchup picnic for either of those teams and you never know what’s going to happen.
But I still feel the Warriors will be a fifth or sixth seed and will make a strong bid to knock off either the Houston Rockets or LA Clippers, with those being the possible playoff matchups.
Sure it’s a grind getting into the playoffs, but once they’re there, the Warriors will make some interesting noise and entertain the fans both at home and on the road.