If the regular season of NCAA Men’s Basketball is any sort of preview to the big dance, We. Are. Ready. Bracket season is finally on the horizon and, like many, we’re already stressing those 6 versus 11 matchups while head-scratching upsets continue to thicken the plot. Red pens everywhere anticipate their month-long attention while fans of many conferences hold their breath just mere weeks before Selection Sunday.
We’ve all been lucky to witness some remarkable ball games where ranked teams were outshone by their unranked rivals, creating hope for all, especially those stuck on the dreaded bubble. Some notable upsets as of late include Iowa State over West Virginia, St. Johns over Duke, Virginia Tech over Virginia, and two shocking Kansas defeats to Oklahoma State and Baylor within only seven days.
In a season full of possibility, these losses humble even the most impressive of squads. Some may argue these pre-tournament upsets help to exploit important deficiences and, therefore, better prepare teams for March Madness. Regardless of which team is declared as the tournament favorite, it does not seem to carry the same weight as year’s past.
Even after a tough (and rare) home loss for UVA to their rival Hokies this past weekend, the Cavaliers still find themselves at the top of the pack, ranked #1 for the first time in school history. Michigan State and Villanova follow at number 2 and 3, respectively. Get your popcorn ready as it seems to be a season to remember.