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Your bracket is toast

Well, now we know where your NCAA bracket gets its mail sent.

Smoking Crater, USA.

Seriously, how much dynamite went off under America's office pools yesterday?

Not one, but two No. 2 seeds (Duke and Missouri) losing to 15 seeds? A 4 seed (Michigan) losing to a 13 seed (Ohio)?

This was the Madness at its finest, and, listen, enough of the blather from people who say they want chalk in this thing. Nobody with a soul wants chalk in this thing. Nobody watches this so they can see the same old Kentucky or North Carolina play the same old Kansas or Duke at the end.

They watch it for days like Friday, when the chalk got ground to dust. They watch it for the moment when a small historically black college (Norfolk State), in its first-ever NCAA appearance, knocks off Missouri behind a player (Kyle O'Quinn) no one ever heard of but whom everyone in America knows now.

They watch it for the moment when lordly Duke gets run by another player no one ever heard of (C.J. McCollum), but who now becomes an instant sensation because he dropped 30 on the Dookies and sent them to the sidelines.

First time in tournament history two 15 seeds advanced. Only four ever had before yesterday. Now two do it in one day?

And, while we're on the subject, how many times does that happen and a 13 beats a 4 on the same day?

The Blob (a, yes, thoroughly biased MAC product) has said forever you've gotta watch out for those MAC schools in Da Tournament. Count Michigan among those who get that lesson now.

Go Bobcats. Go Mountain Hawks. Go Norfolk State.

You've saved this tournament from chalk. And made it memorable because of that.

Ben Smith's blog.

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