Before we get to this week’s column, I have a very important personal announcement to make ... ORAL ROBERTS!!! That’s it, that’s the statement. From inappropriate innuendos to massive moneyline paydays, Oral Roberts reaching the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed is the story of the tournament. As + 1100 dogs against Ohio State and + 400 versus Florida (+ 1600 live at one point), Oral Roberts’ two victories are everything we love about the NCAA tournament. Oregon State is not far behind, with two double-digit victories, capturing both wins against opponents who were touchdown-ish favorites.
The Big Ten has flopped, and the Pac-12 appears to be the new ruler of the free world, going undefeated straight up and against the spread before Colorado bowed out Monday night against Florida State. The Pac-12 had won all eight of its tournament games by double digits. It has been a bizarre, exhilarating 100 hours of hoops, and we still have a precious 15 more games to come. Let’s continue the madness and find some winners to make this next week truly sweet for our bankrolls.