MARCH MADNESS — WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

This year’s tournament has not been mad at all, just INSANELY NUTS!! And definitely worth taking a sick leave for and we expect even more. So far, it’s been a tournament of stories that will mark some of these teams and young athletes forever. One upset win after another has got the basketball world taking notice and there is no denying it’ll be quite a championship run for any team that wins it and don’t bank on any of the favorites just yet.

UCLA has had a season that spelt doom right from the beginning when the China incident with the Ball boy happened and it was downhill from there; Aaron Holiday stood no chance despite his Pac-12 performance and coach Alford knew it was going to be mission impossible (or at least thought of it). The Bruins, record 11 times winner of the tournament were not the only big name to bite the dust, Miami and Arizona have been knocked off the wagon, and Oh!! Trae Young and his Oklahoma team are done for this season and the chatter about his future is only going to get hotter.

Not all the big names are misfiring though, top seeds Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Michigan, Texas Tech and Xavier are all looking good so far and leads us to our first expectation

DON’T EXPECT THESE TOP SEEDS TO CRASH OUT JUST YET

Xavier per ESPN and their power rating, rate the no.1 seed as the weakest no. 1 in the last 10 years and their close call performances over some of the “weaker” teams doesn’t help their odds in predictions but don’t cast them off so lightly. They are the no. 1 seed for a reason and some testing round 2 games against Missouri or Florida should shed more light on the matter.

Duke, Kansas, Villanova and Michigan, have all looked dominant, not having to go out of their way to pick up their round one victories, so we expect to see them battling out at least at the Sweet 16… Elite 8 stage.

CINDERELLA

When you’ve got a 98-year old nun interceding for you, that really puts God in a tough spot and the other teams at an unfair disadvantage but then you are far from the top seeds so why not? The Loyola Ramblers stunned Miami with a buzzer-beating heave from deep that can only be classified as divine intervention, and who knows now what might happen against Tennessee, with a Ben Richardson who is slowly stepping up and a prayerful nun in their corner.

MARVIN BAGLEY III MAY JUST STAKE HIS CLAIM TO A NO.1 PICK

This potential-laden freshman has all the right cards to play in a postseason that could see him enter into the NBA draft first round discussions.

Averaging 20.7 points and 11 rebounds has got his Duke team here and with the cast looking solid, Bagley III could have just the right platform to make his light shine, he just needs to keep doing what he is doing.