As usual, sports pundits predicted that March Madness upsets would be few and far between this year. And as usual, they were wrong.
The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for coach Mike Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga.
It was 36 years ago today when the Madness was injected into March, courtesy of one Magic Johnson, with assistance from Larry Bird. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has not been the same since that glorious night in Salt Lake City.
It’s the Sweet 16 — the second week of the NCAA Tournament — and that means bragging rights for college basketball programs.
Check the cover of media guides or banners adorning arenas. They always start with Sweet 16 appearances. No bragging about the first weekend. Playing this week means you had two good wins and you are just two wins from the Final Four.