It saddened me, for Missouri fans and the Governor himself, to have to draw that many red lines through his bracket after the Tigers were upset by #15 seed Norfolk State. It was a wild second night of the NCAA Tournament. Not since 2001 has a #15 beaten a #2, but it happened twice as Duke lost to Lehigh just about three hours after the Tigers loss. Then #13 Ohio upset #4 Michigan.
After the first two days, I lead the Governor 24-21. My only big hits were Mizzou to the Final Four and Duke to the Elite Eight. I have 13 of my remaining Sweet 16 and my Final Four is still in pretty good shape (minus Mizzou).
Looking ahead for Governor Nixon, he’s going to need Louisville to get out of this weekend and take down Michigan State. He also needs Florida State to take care of Ohio State, assuming both can get past their second round opponents on Sunday. Florida St. plays Cincinnati and Ohio State plays Gonzaga.
I was certainly looking forward to a long run by the Tigers and I know their biggest fan was too, but at least we have our close bracket matchups to keep us interested in basketball until the Royals’ and the Cardinals’ opening day.
Check back on Monday for the updated brackets between Governor Jay Nixon and Sports Director Bill Pollock