Anyone I am friends with or work with will tell you I love the underdog. So when it comes to the NCAA tournament, nothing beats the first two rounds. That’s when the underdog shines.
Let’s keep in mind that teams don’t make George Mason runs very often. Typically, the underdog shines in the first two rounds, making the Sweet 16 before the run ends.
There wasn’t much by way of big upsets on Day 1 (No. 12 Western Kentucky beat No. 5 Illinois, but 12s beat 5s quite a bit).
But who knows what Day 2 will bring. All eyes in Fargo will be on the No. 14 seed North Dakota State taking on No. 3 seed Kansas at 11:30 a.m.
Who knows? Odds are the Jayhawks will win, but that’s the beauty of the NCAA tournament.
Just in the last 10 or 12 years, I can remember No. 14 seed Weber State beating No. 3 seed North Carolina. Or No. 15 seed Hampton shocking No. 2 Iowa State. No. 14 Bucknell defeating No. 3 Kansas. Or even a couple years ago when No. 14 Northwestern State stunned No. 3 Iowa (see below).
And that’s why I watch. Even if it’s not NDSU, I hope to see a big upset on Day 2.