By: Theodore Igwe Sterling, KS — March 27, 2018 5:56 p.m.
It’s the best time of the year folks! March Madness season is here. Besides making brackets, the thing people love most about March Madness is watching the lower ranked teams compete against, and often beat, top seeded teams. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
This year’s tournament is proving to be an exciting one, as there have been many upsets that no one could have predicted. In the first round, Buffalo, seeded at 13, upset the fourth-seeded Arizona Wildcats, who were predicted to advance to the Elite Eight. The Loyola Chicago Ramblers shocked the world by downing the sixth-seeded Miami Canes off a buzzer beater three-point shot by senior guard Donte Ingram. The Ramblers would go on to defeat the Tennessee Vols in the second round by an off-balance 16-footer from star guard Clayton Custer. However, the best upset to date was UMBC thrashing one-seeded Virginia in a 20-point onslaught. That was the first time a 16-seed ever beat a one seed!
Excitement doesn’t only occur on the court though, as there have been plenty of great moments off the court. 98-year old Loyola Chicago chaplain, Sister Jean became an online sensation as the Ramblers have been advancing. The grey-haired nun can be seen sporting a maroon and golf scarf and sitting pretty in her wheelchair. The UMBC Retrievers athletic page was trending on Twitter for their witty wordplay and consistent trolling.
The tournament resumes tonight and looks to feature top powerhouses like Kansas, Duke, and Villanova as they continue their quest for a national championship. Don’t place all your chips on them, however, as anything can happen in this frenzy we call March Madness.