The 2019 NCAA Tournament got rolling on Thursday and the Madness was minimal. There were a few scares -Bradley was leading MSU deep into the 2nd half; NMSU botched a few late chances against 5-seed Auburn; Belmont was up 7 with under 7 minutes to play against Maryland - but ultimately the only noteworthy seed-line upset was Ja Morant’s Murray State racing past hobbled 5-seed Marquette. This game did give us our only head-to-head elimination game from the entrants, as one brave soul had faith in the 12-seed Racers and another unfortunate participant was cut down by riding with the Golden Eagles. At the close of the Tournament’s first day, we still have 89% of the field alive.
As the slate of Friday games get underway, it is another 3-seed getting the love. The Houston Cougars were selected on over a quarter of the entries and would greatly reduce our field with a loss tonight against 14-seed Georgia St. There was also great support for teams in the East Regional, with Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, UCF, and Duke making up another quarter+ of the entries. Friday also gives us a couple of direct elimination contests, so the field will be shrinking even if the bracket goes mostly chalk again: Dean Wade-less K-State taking on the 13-seed UCI Anteaters and 5-seed Wisconsin going against surging Oregon.
For those of you still alive, go ahead and get your pick submitted for Saturday’s games in the form below or click here if your browser doesn’t show the form. Picks are due by 11:10 AM, ahead of the Maryland-LSU tip-off