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How Busted Is Your 2014 March Madness Bracket?

Submitted by on March 24, 2014 – 3:43 pmNo Comment
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What’s the point of trying anymore?

Every single season I try my hardest to make the right picks for the NCAA tournament, and every single season I shake my head in disbelief as a sure thing turns into a dud and an overlooked pick marches to the Sweet Sixteen. But I think this year’s random upsets and massive letdowns were met more by shrugs of indifference because I’m used to it. I’m shocked, but I’m used to watching my bracket get pooped on.

It didn’t take long for my NCAA picks to start saying “f*ck you,” either. Dayton toppling THE Ohio State University was somewhat of a shocker. But I wasn’t worried yet. Pittsburgh ran over Colorado was met with a “meh” because I was more shocked with how little resistance Colorado gave. But when Harvard pushed Cincinnati out, I was like “aw sh*t, here we go.” No sooner than that was said were the Oklahoma Sooners given the boot by North Dakota St.

Shock and awe ran through social media. However, the best (worst) was yet to come.

Friday? Oh Friday, how I despised you for completely throwing my bracket in the trash. I watched the Duke-Mercer game in disbelief. I knew that Mercer was full of experienced juniors and seniors but I figured that Jabari Parker and his clan of Blue Devils would let them hang around until about 5 minutes left in the game and run them out of the building.

Nope.

Parker went 4-14 from the field for 14 points and watched his team make mistake after mistake as Mercer brought home the shocking win 78-71. Then Mercer did the Nae Nae in celebration and an internet meme ran wild. Okay, so now Ohio State, Duke and Oklahoma were gone. At this point I started to think that Wichita State actually had a chance to win this thing. Things went back to normal a bit as North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and Creighton won their games. VCU got an early exit courtesy of SF Austin but that was it.

My bracket was full of red. At least the #1 seeds were still intact. But, I didn’t pick any of them to win. D’oh!

Saturday appeared to be normal. I sensed that Syracuse’s downward spiral would continue, and it did thanks to Dayton showing out. I also figured Shabazz Napier would try to go all Kemba Walker on us and carry UConn past Villanova. That happened too. Hooray! I wasn’t that far off, with the exception of the teams that I didn’t pick to get past the first round.

Sunday was a reminder why my bracket sucks. Andrew Wiggins joined Parker in the NBA Draft stock dropping option as his abysmal 4 point outing allowed Stanford to pull off an upset. Remember when Wiggins was like the LeBron James of the 2013 draft if he could have entered it? Yeah, not happening. College exposed a lot of glaring weaknesses. Hopefully he can improve. But to improve I think both he and Parker need another year of college. I don’t see Wiggins staying. Oh well.

Remember how I thought Wichita State now had a chance? Welp, after the greatest game in the history of NCAA tournament games (thanks to my short term memory), Kentucky bounced them in an absolute thriller. If this were to have happened at the start of the season, we’d be praising Wichita State for hanging with a bunch of NBA bound freaks. But the season played out and Wichita looked like a team of fundamentally sound hoopsters that could push past. 78-76 after VanFleet’s brick. Mercer finally went home and Creighton proved to be super overrated and then I stopped watching. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I fielded texts about my bracket and wouldn’t respond. I’m just going to be a fan now.

How about you?

 

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