March Madness, worth the hype

JP O'Hagan, Sports Editor

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament isn’t called March Madness for nothing. Over the last weekend the field of 64 was trimmed down to the Sweet 16, through some of the largest bracket-busting upsets and downright surprises in tournament history. For those who haven’t been following along, many fan’s brackets were no longer perfect after the just first game as Dayton knocked off Ohio State. Then Mercer, a small school from Georgia, knocked off No. 3 seed, and perennial powerhouse, Duke in the first round as well. Stanford beat the Kansas Jayhawks and Harvard managed a second consecutive first round win against Cincinnati. Only one known bracket survived the first round, and even that was busted the next day. Now that the dust has settled and the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are the nation’s focus, here are the Observer’s suggestions of the top games for you to watch this weekend.

#4 Michigan State vs. # 1 Virginia- Friday 9:57 PM
President Obama’s (as well as almost every sports pundit in the nation’s) pick for national champions goes up against one of the remaining No. 1 seeds in what is sure to be a close game. Either team has a good shot at making a run for the championship and that should led to some great basketball and some Sportscenter Top 10-worthy moments for Saturday morning.

UCLA or Florida vs. Dayton or Stanford – Saturday
While it can be difficult to know who will win, this Elite Eight match up will feature the lowest seed to make it to this round since 2011, guaranteed as either Dayton (who knocked off Syracuse) or Stanford (who beat Kansas to advance) will go up against either Florida (the national favorite for champion) or the underdog UCLA. Either way this will be an exciting game to watch, as everyone loves rooting for the Cinderella story, unless of course you are a Florida or UCLA fan.

Kentucky or Louisville vs Tennessee or Michigan – Sunday
This will likely be the highest scoring, most explosive Elite Eight game of the tournament. Louisville has so far lived up to expectations, as the entire nation felt they were ranked too low as a No. 4 seed. However Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan are all high-powered offenses and no matter who advances to the Final Four, they will be a force to be reckoned with coming out of the toughest region of the bracket.

All Thursday games occurred after The Observer went to print.