Want to sound March Madness savvy? 5 things to know about the NCAA


There’s no way you missed the NCAA tournament this weekend. It was on CBS, TNT, TBS and even TruTV—marking the first and probably last time this year that you’ll look for that channel.

But there were a lot of games and plenty to talk about, so you could have missed some pretty important items. Here are 5 things you need to know about the NCAA tournament.

(1) N.C. State beat No. 1 seed Villanova: The Wolfpack is back in the Sweet 16 after a huge win Saturday night against the Wildcats. State has been involved in two of the best games of the tournament so far after beating LSU on a tip-in on Thursday night and then being the first to knock out a 1 seed. Next week the Wolfpack will be looking to advance to its first Elite Eight since 1986.

(2) UCLA isn’t that good: Yes, the Bruins are back in the Sweet 16, but that doesn’t mean they’re one of the best 16 teams in the country. Winners of 11 NCAA titles, UCLA snuck into the tournament as an 11 seed, much to surprise of many basketball observers. The Bruins upset Southern Methodist Thursday and then dispatched an up-and-coming but overmatched Alabama-Birmingham squad Saturday. These aren’t your grandparents’ Bruins.

(3) Three Triangle teams still dancing: North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke are all in the Sweet 16 for only the fourth time in history. They last did that in 2005.

“Yeah, yeah. Unbelievable,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sunday after his team made it a trio. “How about the Triangle region? It’s not bad.”

(4) Unfortunately, Ron Hunter is no longer in the tournament: You may have heard about Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter. He tore his Achilles celebrating his team’s CAA tournament victory last week and wore a cast during the NCAA tournament. He was a great spirit about the whole thing throughout the week.

Then, Hunter fell out of his chair Thursday when his son hit the game-winning 3-pointer to send Georgia State to the next round past Baylor. Georgia State lost to Xavier on Saturday 75-67, and that sent one of the best characters in the entire tournament back home, but not after a very emotional post-game speech.

(5) No one cares about your bracket: Your bracket has been busted due to upsets you never saw coming. No one cares. We are sure you made several brackets, and you probably did it for fun or for an office betting pool (shhhh…we won’t tell). But every March there’s Bracket Guy/Girl, the person who thinks they’re the only one who made a bracket and that you should care about it. We don’t. Just sit back and enjoy the tournament.

Photo by Tim Cowie,DavidsonPhotos.com


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