Who was the underdog in this one?
MIAMI - I'm so confused.
Did I just see an upset? Or does chalk supersede seed?
Twelfth-seeded Arizona, the 34th of 34 at-large teams, beat fifth-seeded Utah, the first of one automatic bid teams from the Mountain West Conference, by a score of 84-71. Officially, this counts as an upset. In 40 years, when we all commute to work by rocket pack and
After saying something profound like "Flo Rida, now that was music," my geezer self will read about the new Arizona achievement and scoff. That was no upset, I'll say. But the world won't care. As far as any rocket-pack-wearing, Dakota Fanning Democrat is concerned, a 12 beating a five always counts as an upset.
So hopefully some future form of Google will cache this column. This was no upset. We were told from the moment the matchup left
Monday, Las Vegas oddsmakers told us again. Many installed Arizona as a one-point favorite. Then they watched as all the suckers bet on Utah, eventually making the Utes a point-and-a-half favorite by tipoff. Our basest Big Dance instincts tell us the lower number should be favored, but the pros in Vegas drive home every night in luxury cars paid for by our instincts.
Even the participants seemed confused. "I know lots of people were talking about us being the favorite," Arizona coach
Did the selection committee fail us? Did the committee so undervalue the schizophrenic Wildcats that it created a conundrum our basketball-addled minds can't reconcile? Possibly. Or maybe the relative parity of this year's field made it impossible. When so few teams distinguish themselves, it becomes impossible to distinguish a 12 from a five.
Even the fans at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday couldn't swallow this logic pretzel. After Utah guard