You catch a deep breath yet? No? Then you’re doing March Madness correctly.
4-seed Florida State didn’t just beat 13-seed Vermont on Thursday— it made history in doing so. But the Seminoles cannot rest on that victory, as the Murray State Racers, led by superstar Ja Morant, await on Saturday. We know when that game will tipoff and will have more on it later today, but for now, let’s take a bigger-picture look at what else went down and could await the Seminoles after day one.
FSU’s West region played more games than any other, and while there haven’t been any monumental upsets yet, the West is, so far, the most upset prone, even given a small sample size. The top-three West seeds in action on Thursday, No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Michigan, and No. 4 Florida State, each advanced. The other three higher-seeded teams fell: No. 5 Marquette to No. 12 Murray State, No. 7 Nevada to No. 10 Florida, and No. 8 Syracuse to No. 9 Baylor. So heading into Friday, the West looks like this:
The winner of the West will play the winner of the East for a shot at the national title, and the East saw higher seeds advance in three of four Thursday games. The lone upset resulted in the ousting of the ACC’s Louisville, as the ACC went 1-2 on day one, with the ’Noles contributing the conference’s lone NCAA Tournament win to date. Here’s a glimpse at the East:
Across the way are the South and Midwest, which saw much less day-one action, no ACC teams in action, and no upsets. Here’s a look at the South:
And then the Midwest:
The ACC’s record should improve dramatically on Friday, as its three 1-seeds, Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina will begin play, along with 4-seed Virginia Tech. I point this out not as any kind of stupid SEC-esque rooting scheme, but from a purely economic standpoint, as we’ve already illustrated.