Hey, 2015 NCAA contest — snap out of it.
We watch we for a upsets, and we gave us dual biggies only 4 games into this thing Thursday, with No. 14 seeds Georgia State and UAB toppling Baylor and Iowa State, respectively. Since then, yet — yaawwwwn. As we write this, during a commencement of a dusk games, 16 uninterrupted higher-seeds have prevailed. The whole Midwest segment has already finished a Round of 64 games, and it all went to chalk.
Mind you, we’ve had no necessity of last-second finishes both Thursday night and Friday. The problem is, they’ve been anticlimactic. The underdogs can’t seem to finish a deal. Heck, some of them haven’t even been means to get off a shot.
For instance, No. 13 seed UC Irvine took fourth seed Louisville right to a handle Friday. If anyone should make for a surefire Cinderella it’s a group with a 7-foot-6 core (Mamadou Ndiaye — who is great) and a nickname Anteaters. The diversion stayed so tighten for so prolonged it had fans everywhere holding to Google to figure out, what accurately is an Anteater?
UC Irvine had a ball, down two, with 9 seconds left. Would it expostulate for a tie or go for a game-winning three? Neither, it incited out. Louisville, that had fouls to give, attempted to stop a clock, yet officials didn’t call anything. That contingency have fazed a Anteaters’ Alex Young, given he shortly incited it over. Louisville survived 57-55.
Just a bit later, associate No. 13 seed Valparaiso had a possibility to during slightest take No. 4 seed Maryland to overtime, grabbing a defensive miscarry down 3 with 33 seconds left. The initial meaningful pointer came when Valpo showed no urgency, selecting instead to play for a last-second three. After a timeout from manager Bryce Drew — who knows a small something about thespian endings — a Crusaders worked a round around to Keith Carter in a corner. He had a look, but, apparently awaiting a tainted call on Evan Smotrycz’s reach, instead incited a round over.
Maryland 65, Valparaiso 62.
Those dual endings were emblematic of accurately what drives people bonkers about college basketball these days. It’s only so sloppy. Mar Madness is so renouned as to arise above all a this-sport-is-broken-and-needs-to-be bound stories. Thursday’s games drew a top overnight TV rating (6.9) given 1991. People adore brackets, Cinderellas and gambling (not indispensably in that order).
But college basketball’s unfortunate scoring trends have been on full arrangement so distant this tourney. Much was done of Thursday’s record-breaking 5 one-point games, undoubtedly exciting. Going mostly unnoticed, however, was that the highest score of a five, achieved twice, was 66-65. Half of a Round of 64’s initial 24 games saw during slightest one of a dual teams destroy to get out of a 50s.
All will be forgotten, though, as shortly as a subsequent double-digit seed nabs a win or a subsequent R.J. Hunter drains a game-winning 3-pointer. Feel giveaway to get right on that, 2015 tournament. Chalk is for teachers not tournaments.