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No trouble finding early madness

Updated: March 17, 2011, 11:14 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

That's why they call it March Madness, baby!

I know, I know, I picked Louisville to go to the Final Four. I have seen the tweets from the Kansas fans. OK, give me a turnover and I now like Kansas to advance to the Final Four from that region!

Picking games, my friends, is like a guessing game. We can break down and analyze college basketball teams all we want. Upsets are a part of the game, and every year we see shock city, baby!

Give credit to the kids from Morehead State on this upset. Kenneth Faried is a monster on the glass and he pulled down 17 big boards against the Cardinals. Morehead State also hit more trifectas in the second half against Rick Pitino's team.

Kentucky survived a scare against Princeton. Imagine if Pitino and John Calipari both lost on day one! Brandon Knight picked a good time to make his first basket of the game, converting the winning shot. Darius Miller and Josh Harrellson combined for 32 of Kentucky's 59 points.

It was the lowest point total for Calipari's team all season. As Jimmy V used to say, survive and advance! Now the 'Cats face West Virginia in a rematch of the Elite Eight showdown of last season. Both teams are very different now.

Richmond upset Vanderbilt behind the play of a red-hot Kevin Anderson. He has put up four straight 20-plus point games. Juan Fernandez hit the winning shot for Temple over Penn State while Matt Howard got a rebound and winning hoop as Butler beat Old Dominion in another thriller.

My friends, there are no dominant teams in college basketball right now. That makes March Madness even more wacky.

Then there is Kemba Walker, who had a brilliant performance dishing the rock for the Huskies in a convincing win over Bucknell. Florida also was impressive in its win over UCSB.

March Madness is in full swing.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.