Another round in the NCAA Tournament is over. The Final Four is set, your bracket is busted, and it’s time to look forward to yet another glorious weekend.
This last weekend was something else. We’ve seen absolutely amazing stuff this year. Here’s what stood out.
Luke Maye did something incredible. And while, yes, this play was incredible …
— Chat Sports NCAA (@ChatNCAA) March 26, 2017
… that’s not what I’m referring to.
THIS is what I’m referring to.
Where was Luke Maye the morning after his game-winning shot?
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 27, 2017
Yes, you see that correctly. Luke Maye, hours after hitting the most legendary shot he will probably ever hit in his entire basketball career, showed up to his 8 a.m. class. If I played college basketball for a blue blood program like North Carolina, I’d probably never go to class. The fact that this dude actually showed up, not just to any class, but to an 8 a.m. class, is nothing shy of remarkable. Props to you, Luke Maye.
Kansas deserves the title of “the bad” for their game against Oregon. They got absolutely thrashed by Oregon, 74-60. The main thing I’m wondering after this game is “How?” As the tournament went on, I told everyone I know I thought Kansas was going to end up winning it all because of the way they looked in their first few games. To see them straight up tank against Oregon was embarrassing. When you’re a 1-seed, you’re expected to win no matter what … and when you lose to a team from the PAC 12, which is widely considered a weak conference, that just makes it worse. It is important to note, however, that Oregon played a great game, and they’re a solid team.
Xavier, despite being an 11-seed (the lowest seed in the Elite 8), earn the title of “the ugly” after they got throttled by the 1-seeded Bulldogs of Gonzaga. The Zags started to pull away toward the end of the first half, and it was all uphill for Xavier after that. With a final score of 83-59, poor X never stood a chance. Now, there’s a reason I’m holding the Musketeers accountable for a loss like this even though they were an 11-seed and probably shouldn’t even have made it that far in the first place. When teams make it to this stage, more often than not, they bring it. They leave everything they have out there on the court. Regardless of how low they’re seeded. There are countless examples of this taking place, from George Mason in 2006 to Butler in 2011 and many, many more. But even just this year, take South Carolina, for example. They were the second lowest seed in the Elite 8 at a 7-seed. But they still beat 4-seeded Florida. No excuses for a 24-point loss, Xavier.