TAMPA, Fla. -- The Villanova band chanted as the final seconds ticked away early Saturday morning on the No. 12 seed Wildcats' 75-69 win against fifth-seeded Clemson. "UP-SET CI-TY! UP-SET CI-TY!"
Cinderella still has her castle about 70 miles up Interstate 4 in Orlando, but she also has a place by the water. Four games, four wins by double-digit seeds over their single-digit brethren. We saw mid-major cannibalism (No. 12 Western Kentucky 101, No. 5 Drake 99 in OT), David shocks Goliath (No. 13 San Diego 70, No. 4 Connecticut 69 in OT), David takes Goliath behind the woodshed (No. 13 Siena 83, No. 4 Vanderbilt 62) and a game that - by the time it tipped off - only would have been shocking had the higher seeded team won (Nova-Clemson).
"They're going to have some name for this," Villanova coach
Never before had more than two five-seed-or-more underdogs won at the same site on the same day. Friday, all four did. That's one more upset -- using the above definition, which comes straight from NCAA headquarters -- than the entire 2007 tourney and one fewer than the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2000 tourneys.
After they watched Western Kentucky guard
"I don't really see the NCAA as upsets anymore, because every team that gets here is obviously a good team," Villanova forward
How crazy? We saw two definite Shining Moments. The first came when Rogers -- whose mother, Ruth, has taped the
The players weren't the only ones breathing the upset pixie dust. After playing their team to a win, Western Kentucky band members donned blue T-shirts and played for the Toreros, whose band followed the San Diego women's team to Palo Alto, Calif. When we last left San Diego marketing director
Of course, one of the losing coaches had to ruin everyone else's fun with logic. "The nature of the NCAA tournament is about matchups. It's not about seeding," Vandy coach
Stallings is wrong. It's not all about matchups. It's also about mojo. And magic. How else do you explain Siena's dominance, Jackson's rainbow or Rogers' prayer?
"Got to love the NCAA tournament, don't you?" Western Kentucky coach
Ready for some better news? The fun isn't over. Because all four double-digit seeds won, two certainly will keep dancing until at least the Sweet 16. Once they get there, history won't be on their side: 12 and 13 seeds are a combined 1-17 in Sweet 16 play. But why worry about that now? Why not just enjoy spring break with Cinderella? The ball lasts all weekend.
"We're going to have some wild games Sunday," Wright said with a smile.