With the world holding its breath, the other "March Madness" is set to begin.
While the Pittsburgh Panthers wait one more day in Beantown for their match-up against the Wagner Seahawks, 32 teams will tip-off in what may be the most parity-filled tournament since the 64-team format was adopted in 1985.
Here is a look at some games to keep track of:
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Holy Cross Last Year, Ralph Willard's boys took #1 seed Kansas to the wire in the first round. They actually led by as much as five points with just about 10 minutes left to play. They won't come as close this year.
No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Southern Illinois Something tells me the Salukies have the ability to be THE Cinderella team this year. But then I remember that Quin Snyder's Mizzou destroyed a 20-point defecit on the way to a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. I'll say it again, average teams don't come back against Oklahoma.
No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Vermont Vermont doesn't field a starting player under 6' 5" and they're playing in their first NCAA tournament in its 103 year history. If there is any #16 seed that will pull off the mother of all upsets this year, it's this one.
No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Wisconsin-Milwaukee This is an upset waiting to happen. But, something tells me that Matt Carroll won't let the Irish falter just yet, no matter how many bad shots and poor passes Chris Thomas makes.
No. 4 Dayton vs. No. 13 Tulsa Dayton? Where did Dayton come from and why have they