This archived article was written by: David Osborne Jr.
March may be one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is getting warmer which means golfing, there is a playoff race in the National Basketball Association, and it is time for the college basketball tournament. With the college basketball tournament we get what has been dubbed “March Madness.” It is the time of the year when you either win or go home. If you lose there are no more games, the season is over and you can start cleaning out your locker. However if you win then you keep playing, with that being the case there is always bound to be an upset.
The same teams seem to win year after year, which makes it all that much easier to cheer for the teams that never seem to go all the way, the team that shouldn’t win because they aren’t tall enough, fast enough or strong enough. The team that is the David in a “David versus Goliath fight” just because they are unknown and have never been in this position before.
Everybody knows of teams like the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the Duke Blue Devils, the University of Kansas Jayhawks and finally the University of Kentucky Wildcats. There are other teams that have dynasties in the world of college basketball, but most people seem to be in the same boat as me which is that they want the underdog teams to win and create waves in the brackets and create lots of talk amongst the analysts.
In recent years there have been many different underdog teams that have upset brackets. In the 2010 Tournament, the bracket busters were the Butler Bulldogs, they seem to be doing the same thing this year. Since 2006, the George Mason Patriots have been regular at upsetting higher-ranked teams. Even though they continue to make it to the tournament, they never have a higher enough seed to be considered a threat to anyone and continue to be overlooked.
Of course the 2011 tournament has been no different with plenty of upsets to go around. Butler continues their streak from last year, and have already knocked out a number-one seed which was Pittsburgh. There have definitely been other bracket busters this year. The University of Richmond has already beat Vanderbilt and Morehead State to punch their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen. Marquette also made some ripples in the brackets. Not only do they have stylish jerseys, but on top of that, they know how to beat bigger and stronger teams with big-game experience. Although the Cinderella team that is catching all of the attention is the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. The Rams have only won one game in the National Tournaments before. This year they have already won three. The Rams started the tournament as one of the first four teams in and had to beat the University of Southern California just to make it into the bracket.
As the madness and the tournament continue this year and in years to come, here is to the underdogs and the upsets they cause. They make watching college basketball worthwhile; after all they do the unexpected and keep everybody guessing as to what might happen next.
This is why underdogs during March Madness have been Next on the Tee.