This NCAA Not a Tournament Of Upsets
And, of course, there were upsets. None of us will soon forget two No. 2 seeds, Missouri and Duke, going down in flames before a couple of 15-seeds, Norfolk State and Lehigh. But by the time we reached the Sweet Sixteen, as the AP pointed out last week, 14 teams from the six major conferences already had slots - the first time that's happened since 2003.
Only two of the final sixteen teams, Ohio University and Xavier, were not from major power conferences. Aside from the Bobcats and Musketeers, those 14 teams have copped 71 Final Four berths and 26 national titles.
No matter how exciting things looked early on, if it's underdogs you like, once again, this was not your tournament. The last four teams standing are bullies, who among them have won 13 national titles and have made it to the Final Four 43 times. And the favorite to take home the trophy is the Kentucky Wildcats, a school whose seven national titles rank only behind UCLA's 11. Which once again proves that if you want a spectacle and challenging office brackets, 68 teams is great. But if you're trying to settle a national title, 32 is more than adequate.