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March Madness 2024: Where Cinderella Goes to Die

There Won’t Be Many Cinderellas in the Sweet 16 but We’re Getting EPIC Matchups

March Madness 2024: Where Cinderella Goes to Die
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This March Is Low on Madness

While we love to see Cinderellas advance, it does not always provide the best matchups…

The latest college basketball news has us all wondering, well, where did all the madness go? To paraphrase Barstool’s Mark Titus, March has indeed arrived but it is severely lacking in the madness.

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Oakland’s upset of Kentucky on day one had us thinking anything is possible (Kevin Garnett voice). Yet, NC State would play spoiler to Cinderella’s dream just one game later.

In fact, the Wolfpack are the only double-digit seed remaining in March Madness. Yet, NC State is far from a true Cinderella as an ACC team. The Wolfpack did need to win the ACC tournament just to make it into March Madness.

Despite plenty of college basketball rumors by bracketologists, darlings like James Madison, Duquesne, Yale, and Grand Canyon not only lost but were defeated by double digits.

As I stare at a lot of red Xs through my bracket, I should have taken my own advice. Upsets do happen in March Madness games, but the majority take place in the opening round.

This year, March Madness is indeed where Cinderella goes to die.

 

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Not all is lost, because while we love to see Cinderellas advance, it does not always provide the best NCAA basketball matchups. This year, we have some absolute bangers with all the top contenders remaining (well, except for Auburn and Kentucky).

My eyes immediately go to Purdue taking on Gonzaga. We should have known that Mark Few would have the Zags step up a notch in March.

These squads have looked like some of the best teams in the NCAAB tournament. Purdue came away with a 10-point win in November, but this looks like a different Gonzaga team.

Houston survived overtime to face a Duke team that is sure to be tested by the Cougars’ defense. Two conference champs square off in the East as Iowa State takes on Illinois.

Another matchup to watch is Alabama looking to upset North Carolina. The Crimson Tide appear to have found their defense, but will it be enough to knock off the Tar Heels?

Consider this March Madness stat: all eight of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 for just the fifth time ever.

Maybe the madness is coming, but it looks like it won’t be until 2025.

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