The NCAA Tournament is arguably the greatest three-week stretch of the sports calendar. That's what many who follow the sport with a passion would say, anyway.
Some year, those fans are absolutely correct. The drama delivers from start to finish, with epic buzzer-beaters and dozens of great games.
That doesn't appear to be the case this year, though - not yet, at least.
The 2019 NCAA Tournament has been fine, mostly. The TV ratings for the first round were good and there's clearly serious interest in this year's 68-team field.
The drama has been lacking, though.
There were no true buzzer-beaters in the first round. The most-enthralling moment, arguably, came when Virginia again trailed by double-digits to a No. 16 seed. The Cavaliers, though, went on to win in a blowout.
The start of the second round seemed promising, with LSU topping Maryland in an electric finish and Kentucky beating Wofford in a close game.
Then, the rest of Saturday's games began. And they've disappointed big-time.
Almost every game since Kentucky-Wofford (the second game of the day) has been a blowout.
- Michigan beat Florida by 15 points
- Florida State beat Murray State by 28 points
- Gonzaga beat Baylor by 12 points
- Michigan State is beating Minnesota by 20 points
- Purdue is beating Villanova by 19 points
ESPN's Ryen Russillo summed it up best:
That moment, of course, being LSU's game-winner against Maryland (which maybe shouldn't have counted).
The lack of drama and major upsets does hopefully mean that the Sweet 16/Elite Eight games will be good, as most of the top seeds will be pitted against each other.
Right now, though, there's not a ton to be excited about.