Sunday, March 21, 2004

After a boring first round, a rouser of a second. For the second time since 1985, two number one seeds get bounced early, in both cases failing to hold late leads and coming up short on buzzer-beating shots. Not surprisingly, the West is all but out of it; no one who saw Gonzaga or Stanford play in the last few weeks of the season could have been surprised by their tepid efforts Saturday. More shocking was the elimination of two SEC powers today. Mississippi State was everyone's favorite darkhorse, but came up well short against red-hot Xavier, while Kentucky, the consensus favorite, was stunned after coming from fifteen down in the first half to take a four-point lead with less than two minutes to play, falling to UAB. And for the second time in two weeks, NC State blows a big lead, this time failing to hold an 11-point lead with three minutes to play in falling to Vandy.


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