Warming the hearts and souls of sports enthusiast during this pre-Easter season is none other than March Madness frenzy. That has tipped off on March 18, 2014 for the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament which involves 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the National Champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball.
Thirty-one of the 32 automatic bids teams were given to the programs that won their conference tournaments. The remaining automatic bid go to the regular-season champion of the Ivy League, the only Division I conference that does not hold a postseason tournament. On the Sunday preceding the first four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans. Then 36 teams are granted "at-large" bids, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee
The East Regional semifinals and final will be held in Madison Square Garden, the first time that arena has been used as an NCAA Tournament venue and the first time in 63 years that tournament games have been held in New York City.
The top three seeds Florida, Arizona and Kansas were expected to be formidable contenders, nobody counted out, on the First Round. On March 18, #16 Albany scored 71 against #16 Mount St Mary's defeated by a score of 64. # 12 NC State tallied 74 against #12 Xavier's final 59. And on their first round March 19, #11 Iowa with a final score of 65 was defeated by #11 Tennessee with a high of 78.
Out in the Orlando, FL area #1 Florida scoring high of 67 defeated #16 Albany's final of 55. And also victorious on March 19th, #8 Colorado final score of 48 came short of #9 Pittsburgh's final at the buzzer of 77.
It was just all the little things that doomed the Longhorns. Even though Isiah Taylor scored 22 points, but Texas shot 37 percent from the field in a 79-65 loss to Michigan in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.Texas coach Rick Barnes was impressed with Michigan's outside shooting. He just didn't think it was the biggest factor in the out come game.
The road to the Final Four may be three weeks long,but the NCAA tournament never fails to deliver a surprise Cinderella story, such as Florida Gulf Coast's impressive run to the Sweet 16 last year.
The NCAA championship game which will conclude with on April 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.