Day 1 of tourney brought its share of Madness

Austin Bechtold, Staff Writer

In one of the great annual moments of sports year, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament started on Thursday, and the games were outstanding.

Except for people who picked Arizona to go deep.

The Wildcats were one of eight teams who did not make it past Monday’s first round action, losing to Buffalo 89-68. Arizona had been favored by many to defeat a strong Virginia team in the Sweet 16. That meant bad news for a lot of March Madness fans. More than 850,000 brackets in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge had picked Arizona to win the tournament.

Miami was also upset, by Loyola-Chicago, by a score of 64-62. Donte Ingram delivered a clutch three-pointer from way downtown for the win with less than one second to go.

Most of the Day 1 games were competitive and all of them were watchable. This trend is sure to continue throughout the tournament, especially as the so-called “blue blood” teams begin to match up with each other.

The best part of March Madness? Anything can happen.

From buzzer beaters to big steals and everything in between, March Madness breaks hearts and creates lasting memories all at the same time.

Virginia, Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, and Kansas all have strong teams, but only one will survive.

April 2 is the championship game in San Antonio. One of those teams — or maybe a Cinderella story — will be the only one left standing to cut down the nets.