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Gaels: Australian For Basketball

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You know, the near-loss to Robert Morris should've been a sign. But by then the brackets were frozen in a cryogenic chamber and impossible to unlock.

Villanova became the first 2-seed to be kicked off the reality show known as "March Madness," thanks to 10-seed St. Mary's.

The 75-68 upset was a game mostly controlled by SMC, who I'm surprised played so up tempo for a team that really plays a seven-man rotation.

Villanova was a sexy pick to make the Final Four, perhaps because people didn't want to see Duke get there on account of their supposed easy road. President Obama, for one, chose 'Nova to win the South (as did almost 1/3 of Yahoo bracket contestants), but now the Australian-filled Gaels are the first team to reach the Sweet 16 and the first 10-seed to get that far since Stephen Curry and Davidson reached the round of eight in 2008. St. Mary's will get the winner of Baylor-Old Dominion on March 25.

And this brings the vaunted Big East down to three teams in the tournament, but they are some rather studly ones: Syracuse, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh — a 1, 2, and 3-seed. Then again, this could also be said of the Big XII, and technically (albeit unlikely), the four teams left for them could all reach the Final Four. Wouldn't that be surreal.

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