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Didn't take long for Madness to spread

Originally Published: March 18, 2011
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com

Every year, we call the first two days of the NCAA tournament the best two days in all of sports.

There's a reason no one ever disagrees.

A year ago, the opening Thursday produced the most first-day upsets since 1991. This year, March Madness's opening act gave us the closest, most competitive and arguably most thrilling first afternoon of tournament hoops since … well, maybe ever.

Yes, that sounds like hyperbole. But those who followed the action -- from Butler's ...

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