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Columnist Dubs The First Four "March Badness"

Despite a decent overnight rating on Tuesday night, not everyone was a fan of the First Four concept in the NCAA Tournament.

Gannett columnist Mike Lopresti dubbed the last two evenings, “March Badness.”

“Matter of fact, there are two ways that come to mind on how this First Four business can cause discord. First, since teams such as UAB and VCU are the last at-large teams in the field, if any of them lose soundly, it will just make the angry uninvited even madder.

Second, wait until one of them wins on Tuesday or Wednesday and then dumps a high seed on Thursday or Friday. Know what we’ll hear? How playing a tournament game early in the week gives a team an unfair advantage.

Oh, well. None of this should be the concern of those who show up just hoping for the time of their lives. You can rip them. I won’t.”

The saving grace for last night’s two First Four games?

Gus Johnson.

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