Unpredictability in sports is the main reason why they are so popular. On any given day, any given team or person can beat another. No matter what their talent or skill level, everyone who competes can win it, however unlikely that outcome would be. This prevalent fact has never been as evident as in this years NCAA Tournament.
This years Final Four, determined this past weekend, is as unpredictable as any in the history of the tourney. There is no number 1 seed represented or even a number 2. What we do have is number 3 Connecticut vs. number 4 Kentucky and number 8 Butler vs. number 11 VCU.
It’s safe to say that nobody in their right mind could have predicted this.
"I think what it does as much as anything, it just puts a spin on the NCAA tournament," said Kansas coach Bill Self after his top-seeded team lost 71-61 to VCU. "It’s wild. … Because seeds are so overrated. It’s about matchups. And their players could play for us any day."
Just about every one of these teams have traveled roads and have overcome doubters and obstacles that would have caused lesser teams to crumble. VCU wasn’t supposed to be in the tournament, according to experts, they crumbled down the stretch in the regular season and backed into the tourney. Butler was a fluke last season when they made their Final Four run and their was no way they could do it again. Their was no way Kentucky was getting by the overall 1 seed Ohio State, they just aren’t good enough or experienced enough.
Most surprising, however, has to be the run that Connecticut is on.
They had to to win 5 games in 5 days just to get into the tourney and to maintain the momentum through four games so far is beyond contemplation. Everyone expects them to collapse under the toll of playing with such high energy and emotion yet they keep winning and are just two wins away from being the new Champion.
"I’ve been fortunate over 39 years to have a lot of teams do a lot of different things," Uconn coach Jim Calhoun said, "but never could I imagine the team winning nine games in tournament play in 19 days."
It’s a crap shoot as to who will survive out of these remaining team but one thing is for certain, it won’t be any team that anyone expected and that’s the beauty, and the draw, of sports.
On any given day, anyone can be a winner.