As brackets are stunned, low seeds enjoy the attention of the NCAA Tournament

Still, he admitted that the season “was a long, hard blow to get to this point.” ‘

Of course, the players are not compensated for the burden they are being asked this season. There is a love for the game, but they have to take virus tests daily since they arrived in Indianapolis almost a week before the tournament started. When they arrived here, they were confined to their hotels, except to practice, play, and go to a baseball field downtown to get some fresh air. Some used the moment to protest against the NCAA depriving them of the right to earn money from their fame, and to alleviate the injustice between the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Big Ten, whose teams were here in their virtual exclusion for almost two weeks after arriving for the conference tournament, are down on one team – Michigan – after starting with nine. (Nor can it happen that all five teams that entered the tournament with known virus cases are now finished. Virginia Commonwealth could never play, and Kansas and Oklahoma joined Virginia and Georgia Tech on Monday, eliminating them in the first round). is.)

The weight of the constraints, coupled with the realization of a four-year journey with his teammates coming to an end, was too much to bear for Iowa’s American center, Luka Garza.

When he came on the bench in the final seconds of the second-seeded Hawkeyes defeat against Oregon on Monday, he buried his head on the shoulder of coach Fran McCaffery. However, the sob continued into the locker room and he later struggled to maintain his composure while speaking to reporters at a video conference.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Garza said. “It’s so surreal that it just hits me right away that this is the last time I wear this sweater.”

The victory by Oregon was one of 17 by the lower-ranked team. The Ducks played their first game in the tournament after being sent to the second round because Virginia Commonwealth was forced to drop out due to several positive Tests after arriving here.

While the tournament goes to the second weekend, the line is just as unclear as before between the best dogs and back dogs, encouraged by the fight. Corvallis, Ore., Is not the only place where midnight has not yet arrived.

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