March Madness: The Number 1 Seed in the Country Looked to Have Early Trouble with a 16th Seed
On [Thursday] number 1 seed Villanova struggled against 16 Mount St. Mary’s. The first half looked ugly for the defending National Champions. The score at half was [28-29] with the 16th seed Mount St. Mary’s leading. No team in [NCAA Tournament] history has ever eliminated a number 1 seed. Yet it looked ugly for Nova. They weren’t scoring on scoring chances and they had an atrocious FG percentage. They just weren’t playing Nova basketball.
All of that changed in the second half as they went on a quick [13-0] scoring run. They came out of half time fired up. They were rebounding more, Dante DiVincenzo was fantastic on the boards. They also were passing well, spreading the ball around. Nova’s quick passing left Mount St. Mary’s perplexed as to who they were covering. Their zone defense broke down and Nova capitalized on it. In the end Nova played well and routed the 16th seed team with a win [76-56]. Villanova will move on to play 8 Wisconsin [Saturday] at 2:55 pm. We will have to see if Nova can put the first half in their rear view mirror and continue to play Nova style Basketball.
Some other notable wins in the Tourney was 8 Northwestern’s win over 6 Vanderbilt. This was the first Northwestern win in the history of the NCAA Tournament. 11 USC beat 6 SMU to move on to 3 Baylor. 11 Xavier beat 6 Maryland to move on to 3 FSU. 11 URI beat 6 Creighton to move on to 3 Oregon. 12 Mid Tennessee beat 5 Minnesota to move on to 4 Butler. 10 Wichita State looks to be an upset bound team and could have a Cinderella type year. The Round of 32 begins on [Saturday] and this year shows a lot of promise to low seeded Teams.