There were a couple of basketball games last night. And both of them were extremely satisfying.
The first game was unrelenting beatdown perpetrated by the Blue Devils on the scrappy-but-outmatched Spartans of Michigan State. It was the true fan’s dream game—a no-pressure romp that sent my team to national championship game.
The nightcap was a rematch of last year’s Final Four showdown between Kentucky and Wisconsin. UK won last year’s game on a miracle three-pointer and came into this game undefeated at 38-0. They were attempting to become the first team to go undefeated in nearly 40 years and the first to go 40-o. It was a tense affair, with mini spurts by both teams.
With only a few minutes to go, Kentucky seemed poised to win.
But Wisconsin had other plans.
The Badgers dug deep down the stretch and sent the Wildcats to their first loss of the season. Which means Duke will play Wisconsin on Monday night for a chance at their fifth national title. The Vegas oddsmakers are calling it an even matchup.
I find it terribly exciting.
But what does it mean for our bracket? Let’s have a look.
Because I know you care about my emotional well being, you are likely devastated to see that I am in a three-way tie for ninth place. But I encourage you to look a bit deeper into the numbers. Though I trail the leader by 260 points, the leader picked Wisconsin to win. In fact, everyone currently ranked ahead of me picked either Wisconsin or Kentucky.
Correctly picking the champion nets 320 points. Which means, if the Devils prevail, so do I.
As if I needed a shred of additional incentive.
For now, congratulations, young Emily. The fact that you are but seven years old in no way lessens my desire to crush you.