March Madness. That time of year where everyone thinks they’ve got it right. Including me. There was some criticism towards the selection committee this year but the consensus was clear that the four #1 seeds were fair and just. Including Villanova.
Give me all your tears Villanova flute girl! pic.twitter.com/jwogrSEBql
— John Dekker (@dekkerj) March 18, 2017
So why are there no more perfect brackets before the completion of the second round ? Why has the crying Villanova piccolo player photo surfaced? Could she be the new crying Jordan?
The doors that way Villanova!
— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) March 18, 2017
Wisconsin shattered brackets around the globe when it posted a 65-62 upset of number one overall seeded Villanova. By the completion of the game, there were zero perfect brackets out of 18.8 million submitted to CBS sports.
ESPN was hit with similar odds except it took an Iowa state loss for those brackets to be busted. Wisconsin has been dubbed the “Giant killer” as they repeat a similar upset scenario from last year when they ousted second seeded Xavier out of the tournament.
Villanova was favored to win but just like in the Mount Saint Mary’s game, the wildcats started off a little sluggish and fell behind.
But with the help of senior guard Josh Hart, ‘Nova was able to rally back and actually take the lead but it wasn’t enough as Wisconsin forced a late turnover that sealed The Wildcats fate.
“To me there’s no dishonor in losing in this tournament…you are judged by how you play in this tournament, and that’s the reality of it. So you have to accept it.” – Villanova Coach Jay Wright
Some experts say Villanova was expected to be back to back champions. No team has won back to back NCAA titles since billy Donovan’s Florida Gators won in 2006 and 2007. Almost 31% of all brackets submitted had The Wildcats in the championship game and another 13% had them repeating.
It’s safe to consider those numbers alternative facts at this point.
So, thank you, Villanova. Thank you for giving us a team to troll on twitter. Being the former Mount Saint Mary’s student that I am, I’d say the Mountaineers exposed the Wildcats and Wisconsin finished them off.
But I’m just that same guy from earlier who thought they had it right this time of year.