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Fans Complaining About Lack Of Excitement In NCAA Tournament So Far

Wofford's Basketball team, during the NCAA Tournament Game against Seton Hall.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: The Wofford Terriers celebrate in the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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.