Get In The Game 3-24-10

It's March Madness

NCAA-It was a short-lived run for the University of Vermont men's basketball team in the continuing NCAA Division I basketball tournament, after losing to Syracuse in the first round. Of course, when you are a No. 16 seed and going up against a No. 1 seed, chances are that you are not going to come out on top, as coming into this years' tournament, a sixteen-seed has never beaten a number-one. That's 0 wins in 100 chances... not very good odds.

Of course, UVM fans had memories still dancing in their heads (including yours truly) from 2005 when the Catamounts, as a No.13 seed, knocked off a No. 4 seeded Syracuse in an overtime thriller.

But that was when UVM had a couple guys by the names of Taylor Coppenrath and T.J. Sorentino.

This time around and although the Catamounts have another standout player named Marqus Blakely, but the 'Cuse simply had too much fire power and were able to neutralize Blakely rather easily.

The UVM defeat was expected, but there were also plenty of upsets too in the first weekend of March Madness, and none more shocking than No. 9 seeded Northern Iowa knocking off No. 1 overall seeded Kansas in the second round, 69-67.

The Panthers pulled off the upset with in-your-face defense and the 3-point shooting of Ali Farokhmanesh, who hit four threes on the night, but none bigger than the one he drained with under 30 seconds left in the game to give his team a four point lead and ultimately the win.

It was the first double-digit ranked team to beat a No. 1 seed in eight years, and it was the first time Northern Iowa had even played against a number-one seed.


In another stunning upset in the second round, the No. 10 seeded St. Mary's knocked of No. 2 Villanova, giving the Gaels just it's second trip to the Sweet Sixteen in over 50 years and it's first tournament victory since 1959.

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