I hate to call anything in sports "The Best" because it usually shows a lack of perspective. Tom Brady, the best QB ever? How does he compare to Johnny Unitas? Sure, he's probably better, but you don't know. So calling the first day of the 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament the Best Opening Day Ever is a stretch, but damn, it's hard to imagine a better one.
-Four upset winners (UAB, Georgia State, UCLA, Ohio State)
-Four almost-Cinderellas within a three-point shot of going to OT (Purdue, Harvard, LSU, Wofford)
-Two OT winners (Ohio St, Cincinnati)
-Five one-point games (UAB, Georgia State, UCLA, Cincinnati, NC State)
-Only two teams scored 80 or more (Villanova, Arizona)
-The conference with the most teams (Big 12) went 0-3
-One game decided by a three-pointer goaltending call (UCLA)
-One player kicking his shoe into the stands and getting it thrown back to him (Arkansas)
-Two number three seeds losing (Baylor, Iowa State) and a third escaping with its life (Notre Dame)
-One team losing while going 4-26 from the three point arc (Purdue), and another winning going 5-24 (NC State)
Get all that? To tide you over until Day Two, here's my two favorite finishes of Day One.
First, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter falls off his wheelie chair when his son beats Baylor with this shot:
Second, NC State wins a game they shouldn't have when BJ Anya threw the ball up left-handed toward the goal:
To paraphrase the movie "Cocoon," if today was foreplay, we're all dead men.
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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