The job of the NCAA tournament selection committee got even wackier.
Just think about all of the upsets that took place on Thursday. Eight is enough, baby … look at this list of bubble teams that lost to lower seeds all across America:
New Mexico lost to Utah, Massachusetts lost to Charlotte,
UAB lost to Tulsa, Houston lost to UTEP, Mississippi lost to Georgia, Baylor lost to Colorado, Maryland lost to Boston College and Florida was defeated by Alabama.
In several cases, teams blew big leads. They will look back and wonder what happened. Utah's Luke Nevill had a couple of dunks and a pivotal blocked shot late as the Lobos were stunned in Las Vegas. JR Giddens had a super game but his last-second shot to tie the game missed. Maryland had a 15-point lead early but Tyrese Rice and the Eagles marched back and got to the winner's circle.
Florida was down 30-9 but rallied to within six. That was simply too big a mountain to climb and it looks like the two-time defending champions will probably fall short of another NCAA berth.
This will be the craziest Selection Sunday ever. There is still a lot of basketball left, and you know those bubble teams are hoping there are no more major shockers in conference championship games. The battle to make the big dance could have some surprises on Sunday.
Wow, this is March Madness, baby! Survive and advance, as Jimmy Valvano used to say. This week, many teams fell and now must sweat it out until late Sunday afternoon when the supreme court of hoopology makes its final rulings.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.