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March Madness Perspectives: Feb 25

This past weekend we were gifted a taste of the craze that is to come with this year's NCAA Tournament. Indeed, if the Big Dance is anything like the regular season has been, it is sure to be one of the two or three wildest and most unpredictable tournaments since the turn of the millennium. Here is a recap of some of the notable results from the past few days, and what their implications are. Previously undefeated San Diego St. suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the now 15-14 UNLV Runnin' Rebels. What is especially bad about the loss is that it was in San Diego, so it goes down as a Quad 3 loss for the Aztecs and looks much worse than a Q2 loss. For those not familiar with the Quadrant system, it is part of the recently instituted NET rankings system that the Tournament Selection Committee began using last year. It is widely praised and by all accounts, an elephantine upgrade from the previously prioritized RPI metric. This loss, thanks to other