The Madness has returned.

With everyone’s  bracket already busted, March Madness this year has definitely been different from the rest.

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With Purdue losing to Arkansas Little Rock and Michigan State losing to Middle Tennessee, let’s recap what has happened so far.

On day one of the first round, the biggest shock was Purdue losing to Arkansas Little Rock. Purdue led by 14 points with 5 minutes remaining in the second half. They proceeded to let Little Rock back in the game with missed free throws and poor defense.

Next thing you know, the game was tied 70-70 leading to overtime. After the first overtime, it was tied 75-75 which led into a second overtime. With Little Rock leading in the second overtime, Purdue starts to come back, however it is cut short and Little Rock takes the win with the game ultimately ending at a score of 85-83.

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On day 2, things got crazier. With millions of people saying Michigan State was going to win it all, there was a huge let down when things did not go as planned. Middle Tennessee jumped out to a big lead early leading 15-2 in the first five minutes of the game. Surprisingly, Denzel Valentine and Michigan State had no answer for the Blue Raiders. At the end of the first half, the Blue Raiders were outplaying the Spartans with the score being 41-35. The success carried onto the second half as Michigan State never led in the game. Towards the end, with the game in the balance, the Blue Raiders pulled away ultimately ending the game with a score of 90-81. The game was sealed by Giddy Potts’ block on Bryn Forbes:

And finally the first round Madness capped off over Northern Iowa’s win over Texas. With the game being close the entire time, Northern Iowa surprised several people after they took the lead in the first half. The game consistently goes back and forth as to who takes the lead which keeps everyone in suspense. The biggest shock was towards the end of the game when Texas made a layup to tie the game at 72 with 2.7 seconds left. Surprisingly, Paul Jesperson made a half-court shot leading them to defeat Texas with a score of 75-72.

So as you can see, March Madness this year has been full of surprises and upsets that have not only destroyed brackets, but hearts as well. With only the first round completed, there is plenty more in store. Who knows what will happen next?

Till next time,




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