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The Ohio State Buckeyes, my pick to win this year’s Basketball National Championship, have been eliminated by the 15th seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. This is just the 9th such occurrence in the history of the NCAA tournament, and the first since Middle Tennessee pulled off the upset over Michigan State in 2016. Despite a 2nd place finish in the Big Ten Tournament, the Summit League champs proved too much for the Buckeyes, winning 75-72 in the free-basketball period, bouncing the South’s second seed.
March is over, and I don’t want to hear otherwise. March was a bad dream in 2020, and it’s proving itself just as nightmarish this trip around the sun. For all of its flaws, this team had every ounce of potential to win the National Championship and I will stand by that till the day I die. Unfortunately, we also saw today the potential to fall victim to one of the biggest upsets in March Madness History.
Luckily, I’m totally not the type to hold a grudge and definitely won’t care about this for years to come, the same way that I don’t hold a grudge against Florida, LSU, Alabama, and the moron refs who handed Clemson the 2019 Fiesta Bowl. It’s all water under the bridge, right?
College football is far superior to college basketball anyway, and spring ball is going on as we speak. With the season just around the corner, it kinda makes you wonder why we televise this silly tournament in the first place when we could be watching the first “Oklahoma” drills of the coming year.
Look, in all actuality I love March Madness and everything surrounding it, but I couldn’t give less of a bother in this world or the next how the remainder of this year’s tournament plays out. As a student at the University of Arkansas, a Razorbacks National Championship would not bring me a singular ounce joy or relief from what will wind up as one of the most gutting Ohio State losses of my lifetime.
The inevitable trivia question that will haunt Ohio State fans for years to come will likely be the biggest result of this loss, but time will pass and best damn fans in the land will do what we do best, get ready for another successful football season. Through thick and thin, this team has been a fantastic way to spend Thursday/Sunday nights, and the guys will regroup better than ever.