Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let the Madness Begin

At 12:20 p.m. ET today, March Madness tipped off with No. 7 BYU taking on No. 10 Florida to begin the exciting first round of action. The first three games featured great action and storylines. No. 11 Old Dominion knocked off No. 6 Notre Dame 51-50. Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points to lead BYU to a 99-92 double overtime win over Florida to snap Florida's 12-game NCAA Tournament winning streak and give BYU it's first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years. And, No. 2 Villanova survived a valiant effort by No. 15 Robert Morris to escape with a 73-70 overtime victory.

The two overtime games equaled the entire total number of overtime games from all of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and the margin of victory for the three games was only 11 points with seven of those coming in BYU's double overtime win.

Thanks to March Madness on Demand, you can watch every game in its entirety and I'm definitely taking advantage of that today as you can tell from the picture above. There have already been great games with one upset and nearly two others through three games and that's without Gus Johnson, who usually gets all the great games, calling a single one so far.

Thanks to the 50 people who joined my bracket contest. Through just the first three games, only five people have gotten all three picks correct. Congrats to Jason Pitman, Alex Connell, Matt Miller, Troy Current, and Jessica Lantz on leading the pack right now.

Speaking of the bracket contest, it was interesting to see who people picked as their choice to be the overall champion. 23 entries or nearly half of the 50 overall entries went with No. 1 overall seed Kansas to cut down the nets, while the No. 2 overall seed Kentucky got the nod from 16 other entrants. Duke (3), Ohio State (3), West Virginia (2), Syracuse (1), Kansas State (1), and Georgetown (1) were the rest of the picks to claim the title.

Enjoy the madness of the rest of the games today! I would love to hear some of your observations from today's action.

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