Yes, you read the title correctly. Yesterday was Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament. The First Four games were Tuesday and Wednesday, and those comprised Round 1.
When the NCAA added a play in game to the field of 64, I didn't consider it a part of the tournament. Now that the field is a full 68 so that 4 teams make 2 games, I include the First Four and call if Round 1 just like everyone else.
You know how much I love college basketball. I don't fill out brackets ahead of time because I love the game too much. I love the excitement of the games. I definitely love the upsets...as long as they don't take out my teams too early.
I love that CBS finally understands that its regional coverage sucks. The tournament demands to be shown in full. So now they partner with TBS, TNT, and TruTV to broadcast every game in its entirety. I can pick my games to watch and peak into other games all day long.
Here are some observations from Day 1 of Round 2.
But 14 seed Harvard found a way to run its offense and shoot 50%, and pushed 3 seed New Mexico to the limit. The Lobos couldn't seem to figure out how to close out on Crimson shooters. Harvard ran its offense and got any shot it wanted, then locked down defensively to take control of the final 4 minutes.
So we had a couple of mild upsets. The 12 seeds from the Pac-12 were under-seeded so we won't call them significant upsets. It was a mostly pedestrian day, right up to the second to last game when Harvard took down New Mexico to win its first tournament game in school history.
3 Michigan St beat 14 Valparaiso
6 Butler beat 11 Bucknell
9 Wichita State beat 8 Pittsburgh
4 St Louis beat 13 New Mexico St
6 Memphis beat 11 St Mary's
3 Marquette beat 14 Davidson
1 Gonzaga beat 16 Southern
12 Oregon beat 5 Oklahoma St
1 Louisville beat 16 NC A&T
4 Michigan beat 13 South Dakota St
6 Arizona beat 11 Belmont
12 California beat 5 UNLV
8 Colorado State beat 9 Missouri
5 VCU beat 12 Akron
14 Harvard beat 3 New Mexico
4 Syracuse beat 13 Montana
The Madness is alive.