March Madness: First Weekend Recap

Jake Boynton, Sports Writer

The opening weekend to the annual NCAA Tournament provided as much excitement as anyone could have asked for. In under 48 hours there was not one perfect bracket left out of the initial 11 million submitted in ESPN‘s Tournament Challenge.

Small Basketball programs like, Dayton, Harvard, and Mercer hit center stage with their upsets over, Ohio State, Cincinnati, and Duke respectively.

Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but praise for the Mercer Bears after losing to them 78-71 on Friday.

“They’re men. They’re strong, and I don’t just mean physically. They have a great coach. Honestly, what they did was beautiful to see. I applaud them and I applaud their fans for what they’ve done this season,” said Krzyzewski.

Dayton, another small program, defeated perennial Big 10 powerhouse Ohio State, in what was senior guard Aaron Craft‘s final game.

“Nothing is guaranteed. Our time is done now,” said Craft.

Craft summed up the weekend that was, with that one statement, as many top teams found out. Highest on this list was Wichita State, a no. 1 seed, who lost to Kentucky in the round of 32, becoming the first 1 seed eliminated from the tournament.

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