The first week was a whirlwind of upsets, lopsided victories and downright nail biters. Or in other words, exactly what we want when the calendar hits March.
As I watched the madness unfold, I started playing a game with myself called, “If this team were a celeb, who would it be?” As you can imagine, there were some gems. Here are some highlights of the first and second rounds:
Iowa State Cyclones – JaMarcus Russell
Oh, JaMarcus Russell. What is there to say about JaMarcus other than “bust?” That’s kind of how I feel about Iowa State. They were all hype and no substance. Entering a No. 3 seed and losing a heartbreaker to a No. 14 seed in the Round of 64 does nothing to dissuade me from the assumption that you just don’t have it. Sorry, Cyclones.
Iowa Hawkeyes – Toni Basil
After rolling to an easy 31-point victory over Davidson in the Round of 64, Iowa looked like a serious contender. Then, the Hawkeyes completely crapped the bed, losing by 19 to Gonzaga in the Round of 32. Coming out strong and then sputtering out like the sequel to Mortal Kombat makes you a one-hit wonder, and Toni Basil is among the best one-hit wonders of all time for “Mickey” – everyone’s favorite cheerleader anthem. Maybe Toni will cheer for Iowa now that no one else gets to?
Wichita State Shockers – Mark Ruffalo
Wichita State is an interesting one. They’ve been the underdog. They’ve been the favorite. Bottom line: they are reliable, fundamentally sound and, at times, brilliant (where was that brilliance against Notre Dame?). They are the Mark Ruffalo of March Madness. Who would’ve thought they’d knock out Kansas in the Round of 32? This is why we love March Madness.
Kentucky Wildcats – Daniel Day-Lewis
I acknowledge this is going to look stupid if Kentucky loses at some point, but right now they are looking like the Daniel Day-Lewis of the tournament. It seems like every time the dude makes a movie, he wins an Oscar. Similarly, every time Kentucky takes the court, they cannot be stopped. You want proof? They’re enjoying an undefeated season thus far and just demolished West Virginia by a million. Aaaaaand… I’ve just jinxed them and my bracket. Crap!
Duke Blue Devils – Clint Eastwood
I think we can all acknowledge that Duke has talent. They’re pretty much a March Madness staple. But seriously, is anyone else totally bored of them at this point? That’s pretty much how I feel about Clint Eastwood these days. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a legend. But c’mon, how many American war movies can you make, brah? Much respect for Clint as a filmmaker and Duke as a basketball program, but I’d like to see some fresh meat in the near future.
Since that was only five of the 68 teams that competed in the NCAA tournament, let me know which celebs remind you of your teams! I’d love to hear your feedback. Holla at us on Twitter @BaconSports with the celeb you think perfectly represents your team and why. Bonus points for finding two teams that could be Kimye!
Betting Bacon Bits
– Arizona vs Wisconsin, while being a matchup we’d all prefer to see in the Final Four, thankfully is happening (no thanks to Xavier & UNC for being pesky). Wisconsin hasn’t seemed to play their best in a game yet and Arizona’s ATS record this season is very impressive (23-14 ATS) and even more so under Sean Miller in the tournament (16-7 ATS their last 23 games). The spread is Arizona -1.5, all you’ve gotta do is pick the winner.
– After Kentucky’s destruction of West Virginia it’s gonna be damn near impossible for the public to bet on Notre Dame. Squares don’t have the stomach to take the +11.
Rebecca Ramos writes for BaconSports.com.