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NCAA tourney: What I’ve learned

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The 2013 NCAA tournament is 52 games old. A field of 16 teams survived a wild and sometimes unpredictable journey through the first three rounds (the NCAA insists that the “play-in games” are a round of their own).

I watched at least a minute or two of every game during the opening weekend and here is what has stood out to me:

The Big 10 is not overrated

Former NBA star Charles Barkley, part of the studio group for the CBS tournament coverage team, boldly said the Big 10 was overrated at the start of the NCAA tournament.

It is becoming obvious that Barkley has become much more of an entertainer than a college basketball aficionado. Anyone who watched Big 10 basketball this season could appreciate the talent, toughness and defense on display.

As the dust settled late Sunday night, four Big 10 teams remained alive in the Big Dance. That is more than any other league in the country. The Big 10 is currently 10-3 in the tourney.

Michigan and Michigan State were dominant in their third-round wins Saturday, while Ohio State and Indiana survived scares Sunday to advance. All four teams have shown they are capable of going all the way.

Cinderella lives on

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