VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 7 Grueling Truth’s of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament

7 Grueling Truth’s of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament

Grueling Truths about the NCAA Tournament
Publish Date: 04/04/2018
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

 

The 2018 NCAA Tournament is complete and it was one of the most exciting in the long history of the Tournament. So what did we learn from the tournament?

1) Everybody loves a Cinderella story – The Cinderella story has defined and made March Madness what it is, so what is a Cinderella story? UMBC is a Cinderella story and maybe the greatest we have ever seen. They beat the Tournament’s overall number one seed Virginia in the first ever 16 seed over a number one seed. This story ended in the second round as Cinderella stories don’t last very long and this one didn’t either as a drained UMBC crapped out in the very next game against Kansas State.

2) Loyola was NOT a Cinderella – I think it is very sad that most will classify Loyola as a Cinderella story. What Loyola was, became very clear during this tournament. They were one of the best teams in the country and to classify them as a Cinderella is way off base. A Cinderella team is a team like UMBC that plays the game of their lives, while a heavily-favored team has an off night. Loyola was a team that ran through 4 supposed stronger teams and advanced to the Final Four. If you are a good enough team to make it all the way to the Final Four you are NOT a Cinderella.

3) The NCAA Selection Committee is a problem – Oklahoma and UCLA should NOT have been in this tournament and teams like Middle Tennessee State and Oklahoma State should have been. We all know Oklahoma was in the tournament because they had a showcase player in Trae Young and it looked to me like the selection committee was setting up a second-round game between Duke and Oklahoma. Rhode Island put a stop to that. The First Four in Dayton saw the end of UCLA as Steve Alford was again showed that he cannot coach at a Division one level as his team looked unprepared against St. Bonaventure.

4) John Beilein is a great coach – Beilein proved it while at West Virginia but since arriving at Michigan, he has gone to another level. This is a team most thought would be lucky to make the tournament. Beilein worked his magic and came up just one win short of a National Championship. The only thing that could surprise me with Beilein would be if he doesn’t eventually win a National Championship.

5) The Big East is the best Basketball conference in America – Start off with the National Champion in Villanova, but don’t forget that the Big East had two number one seeds in this tournament (Xavier). The Big East is the best because Big East teams are complete basketball teams. What I mean by that is, that they are physically tough but they are also very athletic.

6) Villanova is a GREAT team – They basically play with seven players and those players play in the exact style that coach Jay Wright wants them to play in. They can beat you with an explosive offense and they can beat you with a suffocating defense. In this tournament, they used both to dominate the competition.

7) Winning in March has a lot to do with luck – Whether it’s an untimely injury or foul trouble, a lot of winning in March comes down to nothing more than dumb luck. A perfect example would be the Xavier Musketeers who were a number one seed, got bounced in the second round. The Musketeers seemed to have the game against Florida State firmly in hand until star guard J.P. Macura got in foul trouble because of two bad calls by the officials. Macura got called for a foul on a clean block and also on a clean steal and with Macura out the Seminoles were able to regain control of the game and eventually win. The official’s calls were not the sole reason Xavier lost as a lot of that had to do with Xavier missing a ton of free throws during the game, but without those two calls, I think it’s safe to say the Muskies would have advanced.

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Tommy Morrison and AIDS: The Truth about what happened
Tommy Morrison burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1988. Following a ...
The Greatest College Basketball Team of All Time
Rating the greatest college basketball teams ever has been done many times ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Grading every NFL team’s picks from the 2021 NFL Draft
Quickly, click away if you’re going to get upset by reading draft ...
Daniel K’s 2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings/Draft Grades
  Round Grade Big Board Rank Position Rank Player Name Position College ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Lady Tyger’s Tale: How Marian Trimiar Mauled the Boxing Establishment of the 1970s and 80s
To Feed the Ambition in Your Heart is Like Carrying a Tiger ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Latest News
Top 5 MLB Teams headed for a Turnaround in 2023
2022 record: 69-93 This is the one I ...
Top 10 San Diego Padres of All Time
Active players are not eligible for this list ...
Top 10 New York Islanders of All Time
  Tonelli was a winger on the Islanders ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: Indiana Basketball🏀 Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Recap
Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Recap
Video: Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Preview
Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Preview
Video: Froggy Talkin Sports W/ Ryan & Joe
Froggy Talkin Sports W/ Ryan & Joe
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
96/100
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1, Get $200
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsSimon Briffa
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site