Get excited March Madness fans, we here at LIDS are ready to bring the #LIDSMadness all throughout the NCAA Tournament. We want to celebrate the wins, the bracket busters and most importantly, the fans. Keep checking back to see our notable highlights from this year’s tournament.
1. Captown, USA
Lids is celebrating #LIDSMadness the best way we know how, with hats! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, be sure to head downtown to Circle Centre Mall to check out our enormous #HatBracket. We will be updating it as the tournament progresses. Enter to win prizes by taking a selfie and sharing it with us!
2. The Drought is Over.
Northwestern’s wait is over after finally securing a spot in the NCAA Bracket for the first time since 1938. They earned an 8 seed and faced off against 9th seeded Vanderbilt on Thursday (SLC). They got their first ever tournament win by edging out Vanderbilt in a nail-biter (68-66). Even proud mama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was on hand to watch her son play.
Our eyes will be glued the the TV screens all weekend and we’ll be sharing our excitement all over our social media channels. Be sure to follow along and show us how you rep your school with #LIDSMadness.
3. Weekend of Upsets!
The best thing about March Madness is that anything can happen. Every team no matter the seed can surprise and bust everyone’s brackets. If you’re rooting for the underdog, these are the teams to that took home a unexpected W so far in this tournament.
Xavier (11) vs Maryland (6) 76-65 // Xavier (11) vs Florida State (3) 91-66
Xavier has made an appearance in the NCAA tournament 11 times in the past 12 years. They are made for March
Madness. With a win over both Maryland AND Florida State, and the only double digit seeded team in the Sweet 16, this team is definitely not one to ignore.
Middle Tennessee (12) vs Minnesota (5) 81-72
For anyone who saw Middle Tennessee’s performance last year, this might not have been a major surprise, but still definitely impressive. Middle Tennessee was responsible for the biggest upset against Michigan State last year and came ready to win against Minnesota. Same upset, different team.
Rhode Island (11) vs Creighton (6) 84-72
Rhode Island made themselves noticed with their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 18 years over a surprising win over Creighton in the first round. Even though they ultimately lost to Oregon in the next round, they put up a strong fight by only losing by a few points.
Wisconsin (8) vs Villanova(1) 65-62
R.I.P. to everyone’s brackets. Despite Wisconsin’s mediocre performance during the end of regular season, they came to win and upset #1 seed and last year’s champ, Villanova. This is what puts the Madness in March Madness. If people weren’t paying attention to the Badgers before, they should be now. Anything can happen.
Michigan (7) vs Louisville (2) 73-69
Michigan, another surprise team who had an okay season and then pushed their way through to the Sweet 16! With so many obstacles, (including a PLANE) Michigan hasn’t seemed phased. They can win in anything, including practice jerseys! This is their 3rd time being in the Sweet 16 in 5 years. They just keep winning.
South Carolina (7) vs Duke (2) 88-81
The Gamecocks had not won a Tournament game in over 44 years let alone appear in the tournament for 13. But they have a strong defense, and that can get you through a lot of tough games. Plus, scoring 65 points in the second half doesn’t hurt either.
4. A Final Four of Firsts
The Final Four teams are in for March Madness are set! We are excited for these teams to match up for a lot of reasons.
Firstly, the South Carolina Gamecocks shocked everyone with a lot of record breaking moments on their way to their first Final Four EVER. The Gamecocks haven’t made it to a NCAA tournament since 2004, and haven’t made it past the first round in the tournament since 1973! This isn’t luck, this team has worked hard and their defense is stellar. Will this 7th seed make it to the Championship game and continue making NCAA history?
Another Final Four first-timer, Gonzaga will be facing off against South Carolina in their first Final Four games together on Saturday. #1 seed Gonzaga might be the pick to win, but we wouldn’t count out South Carolina just yet!
Speaking of firsts, 3 out of the 4 coaches are also making their first Final Four appearances. This trifecta of first-timers, Dana Altman, Mark Few, and Frank Martin is definitely something to be excited about as we get ready to watch the games this weekend.
Another thing is clear, West Coast basketball is making a comeback. Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament way back in 1939 and they haven’t been back to the Final Four since. With Gonzaga also representing the West Coast, this is the first time 2 teams from the region making into the Final Four.
If you’re looking to celebrate this year’s Final Four of firsts, don’t forget to grab a Nike 2017 NCAA Regional Champs Cap!
5. Down to 2
Why Gonzaga can win: Defense. Gonzaga’s consistently awesome defense with stellar coach, Mark Few could spell a win for the Bulldogs. There might be overwhelming support for the Tarheels, but Gonzaga statistics don’t lie. It’s anyone’s game.
Why North Carolina can win: It’s hard not to think the Tar Heels can win because of the stellar program history. With some of the tallest team players, the amazing coaching skills of Roy Williams and the experience of a team who goes into their second Championship game in a row, it’s no surprise North Carolina is a favorite to win. Only time will tell!
We can’t believe March is over and the Championship game is hours away. Was your bracket busted? Did your team make it as far as you hoped? We’ll be glues to our T.V. screen tonight with everyone else. Join us in the #LidsMadness on Twitter tonight for the Championship game. The game airs at 9:20 PM ET on CBS.