Matt Vlasin, Jim Calvin lead contest after first weekend
By Jana Pribbeno
The Imperial Republican
Last Thursday proved this will be yet another year of surprises when playing bracketology or even just viewing the first of the games being played in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.
There were a few nail biters that note some discussion. Take Thursday’s game between No. 3 seed Iowa State and No. 14 seed UAB. UAB, on a last second shot, sunk a basket to let them advance on a one-point victory, but one was enough.
Another big upset happened later in the day with No. 3 seed Baylor falling to Georgia State by one.
Everyone won if they watched the success of the father/son team at Georgia State as they took on Baylor. Ron Hunter has the heart and soul of one fantastic coach.
Hunter was immobilized on the sideline due to a torn Achilles tendon, which he suffered in celebration of their win in the Sun Belt tournament.
Hunter coached his son and the team with such spirit and enthusiasm as they upset Baylor. They advanced on to play Xavier in the round of 32, falling to Xavier 75-67.
After the game, Coach Hunter was still celebrating the accomplishments of his team and the love that he has for his son.
Friday play proved to be a little more predictable with most of the teams advancing in line with their seed.
Saturday was the day when most bracketology players just wanted to start over after No. 1 seed Villanova fell to NC State.
Another upset came when No. 7 seed Michigan State beat No. 2 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Wichita State took No. 2 seed Kansas by surprise, winning to advance on.
So who’s in?
In the Midwest/West side, there’s Kentucky playing West Virgina; Notre Dame will take on Witchita State; Wisconsin will go up against North Carolina; and Xavier will meet Arizona.
On the East/South side NC State will challenge Louisville; Oklahoma is pitted against Michigan State; Duke will play Utah and, last but not least, Gonzaga will battle UCLA.,
For all bracketology players—hang in there, the madness isn’t over yet!
Leaders in the Imperial Republican’s bracketology contest after the first weekend are as follows:
Matt Vlasin, 37; Jim Calvin, 37; Ray Lindekugel, 36; Sara Walker, 35; Nate Vitosh, 35; Ryan Leibhart, 33; Mike Pribbeno, 33; Todd Courter, 33; Leslia Calvin, 32; Sara Winslow, 32; Dave Parker, 32; Tyler Pribbeno, 32; Pam Leibhart, 32; Rick Jens, 32; Doug Pribbeno, 31; Chris Lee, 31; Brian Carman, 30; Donna Vlasin, 30; Ray Malleck, 29; Crystal Ferebee, 25; Traci Space, 24; Alan Carman, 23; and Tammi Parker, 23.