We’re heading into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and I’ve reached a crucial point in the Buck Back. I’ve netted 7 bucks so far and have two teams left — third-round selection Xavier and sixth-round selection Washington. They both play tonight, so by the time the sun rises tomorrow I could be out of the Buck Back altogether, before we even reach the weekend. That would be embarrassing.
Washington has a tough test, against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are a balanced, athletic team that beat the Buckeyes earlier this season. Xavier takes on Kansas State, a team that has flown under the radar in the tournament. Both West Virginia and Kansas State are number 2 seeds.
Let’s go, Huskies and Musketeers! Keep me in the hunt!
Edited to add: Well, it happened as I feared, and the Xavier double-overtime loss to K State was particularly brutal. And so this year’s Buck Back comes to a close with me finishing ignominiously $1 underwater.