Here are a few of my thoughts from the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament...
1) Some mid-majors are really good
-Saint Louis and Virginia Commonwealth were both known commodities entering the tournament, and neither team disappointed. SLU won by 20, VCU won by 46. Wichita State was likely a perceived underdog against perennial tournament team Pitt, but the Shockers earned an 18-point victory and a date with Gonzaga.
2) Some mid-majors...not so much.
-The Mountain West Conference struggled yesterday. It was a good win by Colorado State over Mizzou in an 8-9 matchup, but two of the teams expected to make some real noise in the tournament suffered first round upsets. UNLV was knocked off my 12-seed Cal, while Harvard pulled the shocker of yesterday, taking down 3rd-seeded New Mexico. I'm not surprised by Michigan handling San Diego State, as I have the Wolverines in the Final Four, but it still was not a great day for the MWC.
3)It's tough to pull an upset.
-Davidson had its game against Marquette all but locked up, before a few errors, both mental and in the physical execution, went awry for the Wildcats. The Golden Eagles are an extremely talented team that saved their best play for last and while all Davidson needed to do was answer, Marquette would not allow it and Vander Blue made the closest thing there was to a buzzer beater yesterday. I was bummed, given Davidson was my big upset pick yesterday, but I supposed it's always nice to see a Wisconsin-based team move on.