March 25, 2013
Madness is the perfect word to describe the first three rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The games began on Thursday, as so did the upsets. Number fourteen, Harvard, outscored number three, New Mexico, 68-62, and the number twelve California Bears ousted the number five UNLV by just three points.
But one of the biggest shockers, and the one that hit closest to home, came on Friday, when the largely unknown number fifteen, Florida Gulf Coast, beat number two, Georgetown. The Hoyas have a bad track record in the tournament, exiting early the past few years. But this year was supposed to be different for the high-seeded team, which was expected to make it through an easy weekend and glide into the Sweet Sixteen.
Unfortunately, it was more of the same for Georgetown. They looked completely outmatched against the Gulf Coast Eagles, who outscored the Hoyas 78-68. With local fans still reeling from the loss, the team that shocked a nation proved their win was no fluke on Sunday when they beat number seven, San Diego State, by ten points to become the first number-fifteen seed ever to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Along with Georgetown, nearby VCU had a disappointing weekend. While the Rams dominated their first game with a score of 88-42 against number twelve Akron, the tables were turned when they faced the higher-seeded number four, Michigan. The Wolverines crushed the Rams, embarrassing them 78-53.
Other upsets of the weekend included number one, Gonzaga, getting stunned by the number nine Wichita State Shockers, and Kansas State and Wisconsin losing to low-seeded teams in the first round. The games will resume on Thursday and last through the weekend, when the final four will be determined.
Tiger Woods is number one again.
With Monday’s win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods surpassed Rory McIlroy, who did not play at this event, as the top-ranked golfer in the world for the first time since October 31, 2010.
“It feels good to know that all the hard work has paid off to get me to this point,” Woods said.
Woods looked dominant and finished thirteen under 275, beating out English golfer Justin Rose who came in second. Even Palmer himself commented on Woods’ performance, saying afterwards, “Unbelievable performance for him. He’s been playing good all his life and he showed it again today.”
The victory came on the heels of Woods’ World Golf Championship win, and is his third of this year’s tour. He is now the heavy favorite to win the Masters, which begins April 11. Woods has won four of his fourteen major titles at the Augusta National, but has not been victorious in a green jacket since 2005.