Michigan State, North Carolina eliminated, no more perfect brackets remain after wild first round of NCAA basketball tournament


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No perfect brackets made it past the first round of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament

Daniel Moreno, Reporter

NCAA March Madness began on Friday but the opening round of the tournament has been more like absolute despair for the millions of Americans competing in bracket challenges.

If you thought that Ohio State losing to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts was bad for your bracket, it was more of a sign of what was to come in the following 24 hours.

Fourth seed UVA fell to Ohio.

Tennessee lost to No. 12 seed Oregon State.

North Texas blasted past second seed Purdue.

For the first time since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985 Duke, Michigan State nor UNC made it past the first round.

Then, just when you thought that you had finally successfully predicted an upset, UCSB lost to Creighton by one point after a debatable no call.

After all that, if you were lucky enough to guess the results of the all the games, there was one last curveball coming your way.  On Saturday, Oregon was declared the winner over VCU after the game was declared a no-contest when VCU was unable to compete because of COVID protocol.

“The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate,” said the NCAA in a statement.

The NCAA put the proverbial cherry on top of a wildly unpredictable opening round when they declared via Twitter that there were no more perfect brackets remaining after No.10 seed Maryland upset seventh seed University of Connecticut.

Despite all the upsets and blown brackets, there may be consistencies in the madness —  everyone is happy there is actually a tournament this year and Gonzaga winning with ease.