The madness isn’t over
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to another session of Bracket Briefing, our attempt to provide you with essential information on the Big Dance — highlighting the Florida Gulf Coasts of basketball world, and forecasting the Steph Curry moments before they happen.
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Down goes Cinderella: This happens almost every NCAA tournament and it’s equally as depressing. For some, it’s comparable to your first pet dying or that awful feeling at the pit of your stomach when that girl in math class you were studying with picks another date for the dance. That’s the magnitude of a 62-50 decision that moved Florida into the Elite Eight and Florida Gulf Coast out of the field. The reason everyone falls madly in love with the Cinderella team isn’t rocket science. Sports fans love the underdog, the unpredictability factor and of course, it helps when the team has a fascinating story — a coach who’s married to a model, players dunking like the Harlem Globetrotters and bench-warmers chicken dancing better than any team in history.
Star we’ll miss: Brett Comer, FGCU.
For every oop, there’s an alley. Comer, the pass-happy floor general for this Dunk City Cinderella team, helped the Eagles jump out to a 15-4 lead against Florida, spearheaded by this alley-oop.
Biggest myth of this Dance: Let’s be clear: Florida Gulf Coast was the highlight of this year’s NCAA tournament. And in all reality, one of — if not the most polarizing Cinderella teams of all-time. There’s no denying that. But the biggest falsity that always surfaces each year is that the Big Dance’s madness is over once the calendar nears April and the Cinderella team is gone. But it’s important not to think of the NCAAs as a typical concert with one headliner band and realize that it’s a Lollapalooza-like show with plenty of acts.
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