Tourney Thoughts: Opening rounds had something for most everyone
For a four-day span, I want to say this was one of the best I can remember in terms of overall entertainment, but I do remember saying this before. In a lot of ways, it really is par for the course. The NCAA tournament delivers every single year. You can get bad days or a bad round, but you never get a bad tournament. The first two rounds were sensational, they were unbelievable, but truth be told, they were typical when it comes to this event.
The biggest challenge for Northern Iowa right now is being able to stay focused and keep their edge. Back home, they're going to throw a parade for those kids just for getting this far. They're going to receive an overwhelming amount of media attention and have to sit through a number of press conferences. That's going to be a big-time challenge for
Cornell and Saint Mary's both drew very tough matchups in Kentucky and Baylor, respectively. They also face the same challenge as Northern Iowa, in that they'll go home and everyone will act like they won something when there are still more games to be played.
1. Washington is certainly better than I thought.
2. Never underestimate