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And Another Thing

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The Madness so far

There's still a whole slate of games set to go tonight, but so far the NCAA Tournament has been memorable, to say the least.

CBS could pull highlights just from the opening deck of games yesterday afternoon and fill an entire "One Shining Moment" loop. And that was before 14-seed Ohio blitzed 3-seed Georgetown last night, warming the hearts of all of us who went to school in the best conference in the land, the Mid-American.

(Not to be annoyingly boosterish or anything).

Anyway ... here are a few Things That Did Not Shock Me:

1. Cornell beating Temple: Cornell was underseeded, Temple overseeded. Never understood how some of the ESPN donkeys had the Owls in their Sweet Sixteen.

2. Purdue beating Siena: Everyone was picking 13-seed Siena in this game, which triggered one of my hard-and-fast tournament rules: When everyone predicts an upset, it hardly ever happens. Plus, Purdue used the disrespect for fuel.

3. Wofford taking Wisconsin down to the final minute before losing, 53-49: Hey, Wofford beat two SEC schools (Georgia and South Carolina) and came within a possession of beating Pitt. The Terriers were no dogs.

4. Wake Forest taking out Texas: Despite its talent, the Longhorns were in free fall going into the tournament, and bickering among themselves. No surprise they lost.

5. Robert Morris almost taking out Villanova: OK, I lied. This one shocked me.

6. Robert Morris getting hosed by the zebras down the stretch: But this did not.

Ben Smith's blog.

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