History is made!
So in all the time we've been dancing, doing this March Madness thing, filling out our brackets and watching the craziness over the first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament, there has always been one truism. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed. The gulf between the teams was just too much. Couldn't happen.
16th-seeded UMBC (that's University of Maryland Baltimore County, for those of you scoring at home) not only upset top-seeded Virginia, they did it with gusto, besting the Cavaliers by 20 points in a game for the ages, and in doing so gave a lift to all those future 16 seeds who will be told that this just can't happen. It can. It did. Yes, Ryan Odom -- son of former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom -- showed that anything is truly possible, and the Retrievers move on to Round 2 and a Sunday date with Kansas State.
In the pool, BobbySchmitt correctly picked 27 of the first 32 games in this tournament to take sole possession of first place after Round 1, followed by Murphy alone in second place at 26 points, and then eight players -- Dakin Bacon, Dreammaker, Kathi L, MoeTheCat, Jack Oakes, bqm, Rico Cavatinni, and Vinegar Bend Mizel -- sitting two back at 25 points.
Games are worth 2 points each on Saturday and Sunday in the second round, so still lots of moving and shaking can occur. It should be a wild ride!
Also on Friday, Marshall bounced Wichita State in a surprise, 11 seed Syracuse dispatched TCU, and Butler took out Arkansas in upsets that paled in comparison to UMBC. Should be an interesting weekend of games with some great matchups.
Full standings are available on the site here, and I'll talk to you again after Saturday's play. Not sure how they will top Friday's excitement, but this tournament always finds a way.