Out west, squads who have been surfing the bubble using conference strength to ride the waves lost opening round games as well. Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon all made early exits. In the SEC, multiple champ Florida (the Baby Gators), who may have needed a tourney win to advance, lost to unheralded Alabama.
Fasten your seat belts, it’s March.
PHOTOS: Stanley Robinson #21 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts to a play. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) and Jerel McNeal #22 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes to the net against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)