The first day of March Madness is probably my favorite day in all of sports. The amount of games, the stakes on the line for the players, the close games and, of course, the upsets make it impossible not to enjoy year-after-year.
This year’s Day 1 was especially fun. To see No.3 seeds go down (Iowa State and Baylor) and another one (Notre Dame) narrowly avoid an upset in the first three games played on the day was about as good as it gets.
Also, the end of the Georgia State-Baylor game was something straight out of a screenplay. Georgia State scored the final 13 points to win, 12 of which came from R.J. Hunter, son of Georgia State coach Ron Hunter. R.J.’s game-winning three with just seconds left on the clock resulted in Ron falling off his seat, which he was sitting on because he tore his achilles during the celebration of his team’s previous win. The father-son connection created the type of emotional feeling that sports fans crave.
The day also featured memorable games such as UCLA-SMU, Purdue-Cincinnati, Harvard-UNC, NC State-LSU and Arkansas-Wofford. The excitement created in these contests is difficult to find in any sporting event other than March Madness.
It was an incredible day for everything that makes March Madness great and we can only hope that the second day is half as good.