Day one didn't bring any jaw-droppers until most of us on the East Coast went to sleep.
If you haven't heard by now, 14-seed (Ivy League) Harvard's 68-62 win over the powerhouse of the Mountain West, New Mexico. Gonzaga almost made history, but we all know the two places where almost counts.
Cal won a close one over UNLV, 64-61, but I don't consider that an upset even though a 12-seed beat a 5-seed. The Pac 12 plays good basketball and it's a deep basketball conference.
The upsets haven't piled up on day 2 thus far, but the excitement has.
Ole Miss surprised a normally reliable Wisconsin team, 57-46. The Badgers shot just over 25% in the game, and for a team that plays a grind-it-out, slow paced offensive like Wisconsin does, that is all you need to know. They win and lose games in similar fashions. It's a matter of baskets falling in the limited number of posessions that they give themselves.
Down 18 points at the half, Kansas State has brought the (nearly) home crowd back to life. Kansas City is just under two hours from Manhattan, Kansas, home of the Wildcats. The Wildcats caught fire in the second half. With just under three minutes to go in the game, they were shooting 56.5% from the field (after shooting 38% in the first half).
La Salle went over seven minutes at the end of the 2nd half without making a basket, until they made a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left. The Explorers made three of their last free throws to hang on.
The 7-10 match in the Midwest between Creighton and Cincinnati was a real bare-knuckle brawl. Those two really fought it out to the finish. There were technicals, flagrants, hard-nosed play in the paint and around the glass, fighting for every posession... pretty much everything you could ask for out of a college basketball game in March. Remember the name Shaq Thomas.
Remember, this only day two. This is why we love March!