Your bracket is busted. So is mine. But with moments like these I couldn’t really care as this has been one of the most entertaining first rounds in recent NCAA Tournament history.
The parity has been unbelievable. In fact, this year, a 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seed upset their counterparts. That’s insane.
So while you loathe in the filth of your bracket, relive some of the best moments from the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
There’s an old saying that shooters shoot. And Josh Hagins of Arkansas Little-Rock is a goddamn shooter. This shot that extended the game from a solid 35 feet effectively sunk my bracket. But I can’t be mad at it, that’s some Steph Curry shit.
Congratulations to Yale on their first win in tournament history in their first appearance in 50 some odd years. And big ups to Makai Mason who joins an elite grouping of dope white basketball players who have a black name.
Let Taurean Prince’s presser above be a warning to journalists everywhere to not ask stupid fucking questions to a team or player that just lost a game.
The second-to-last game of the day resulted in yet another buzzer-beater victory. USC-Providence was a back and forth affair the entire time, and after some piss-poor free throw shooting on USC’s part, Providence had a chance to win the game.
Of course, it was another USC mental lapse that did them in.
Middle Tennessee State University — wow. This one busted the collective bracket of the entire nation but since mine was already pretty much toast I just back with a shit-eating grin on my face.
Also, let’s take a moment to smile at the fact that MTSU has the 2016 version of Kid-N-Play on their roster.
Hawaii’s upset of Cal was one of the easier calls of the day. They were a mortal lock for a dab, too.
Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t stand Iowa. And classic Mike Gesell trying to be the hero. And classic Adam Woodbury throwing a two-hand shiver with the ball in the air to create space for the tip-in.
This is what we call a cold-blooded dagger. Thomas Walkup is no stranger to big moments and he delivered another one against West Virginia. That salad too, unreal.
UNREAL: Texas ties game with 2 seconds left, Northern Iowa hits half-court buzzer beater FOR THE WIN
— Roban Perezanovic (@World_Wide_Wob) March 19, 2016
A six-second vine does not do Northern Iowa’s buzzer beater justice. So I gave you Wob’s full 30-second video because it’s so, so worth it.
Within a minute of each other — jubilation and heartbreak.
I’m not a Cincinnati basketball fan and I had St. Joe’s in my bracket but damn I feel so bad for Octavious Ellis. Hindsight is 20/20 and hindsight probably says lay that up. But you can’t fault the guy for going up and trying to dunk it in. He literally missed it by .10 of a second.