Then the second day saw three SEC teams come out on top. Even with those wins, there was still much criticism about the play of those teams. The thing that puzzled me was that there was not much talk about all of the other teams that struggled.
Look at all the No. 1 Seeds. Only UNC did not seem to have trouble with their first opponent. The rest played very sloppy and had me questioning their No. 1 seed.
I do not think that many people would have expected UCONN, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Gonzaga to all have an early, second round exit, but this just continued the ever growing parity in Division 1 basketball.
I have said all season, that this is one of the most competitive years ever. Look at Duke as a prime example. The Blue Devils beat two great teams in Wake Forest and North Carolina, but then lost to Virginia Tech! This is BASKETBALL. Duke is not supposed to lose to the Hokies. This season, however, this seems to be the trend.
Most people do not seem to like the new RPI, as it gives more advantage to the "Mid-Majors". After the first two rounds of this tournament, I think the new RPI is great! Look at some of the upsets we have had so far. Wisconsin-Milwaukee pulled the yearly 12-5 upset with their win over Alabama. They also beat a once top team in Boston College, to cruise into the Sweet Sixteen. Of course there are going to be upsets, that is a given. But when Bucknell beat Kansas and Vermont beat Syracuse in the first round, most people just sat around ripping up their brackets. Those two upsets did not surprise me one bit. Too many "upper-tier" teams just seem to think they will cruise through the first round as they have not heard much about the other teams, so they must not be that good. I guess we found out what happens when they do that, didn't we. I honestly expect the first #16 to beat a #1 will happen within the next five years.
For the games this week, expect them all to be competitive. Don't be surprised if Michigan State beats Duke or even Wisconsin-Milwaukee comes away with a win against Illinois. Welcome to the new era of college basketball.
Kentucky Ryan Glenn is a freelance sportswriter from Tennessee and covers the SEC regularly. He can be reached at email@example.com