March Madness is upon us, and the basketball-loving world was delighted on Thursday to see underdogs such as No. 11 Loyola Chicago triumph over favorites. But how far do viewers really want to see Cinderella teams go?
In theory, everybody loves an underdog. The Internet rallied behind the No. 11 Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Thursday as they defeated the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes at the buzzer.
Picking a few key upsets in the First Round is a time-honored tradition of filling out your March Madness bracket. But do viewers really want to see No. 4 seeds and above make it all the way into the Final Four or, improbably, the championship game?
Vote in the poll below and tell us what you think, and then read on for more tales of March Madness upsets.
Here’s the thing; a few upsets are virtually guaranteed in the First Round, and they’re always an exciting way to kick off the Madness. It’s fun to see programs like Loyola claim their first NCAA tournament victory in years; 33 years in the Ramblers’ case.
We also saw No. 13 Buffalo stun No. 4 Arizona 89-68 — a drubbing.
But when people build their brackets, everyone knows it’s risky to take a Cinderella team into the Sweet 16 — or further.
Just think of it like this: According to OddsShark, the odds for a No. 1 seed to win it all highest, at 31/20. They’re still pretty great for a No. 2 seed all the way through No. 4 seed, at 23/10, 4/1 and 13/2, respectively.
But the field takes a sharp dive from there.
If you’re a No. 5 seed, like Kentucky is this year, your odds of cutting down the net to the sweet tunes of “One Shining Moment” plummet all the way to 14/1.
For a No. 11 seed, like the Ramblers? Forget it — 33/1 odds.
Of course, anything is possible in March Madness, which is why it’s one of the most fun tournaments in sports.
But does the pure joy of seeing an underdog claim victory trump keeping your bracket intact? Weigh in in the comments below!
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