Why do we always do this? It’s the same blueprint every year. Each Selection Sunday, once the NCAA Tournament brackets are released, we all ask the same collective question: Is this the first year that a 16-seed beats a 1-seed?? Then, a few people pick one 16-seed who is the official team that could be that 16-seed. After that, social media and the internet run with that team and an explosion of predictions and declarations that the 16-seed will win ensues. “You heard it here first,” they say.
This year, the “Chosen One” was Penn. The 16-seed Quakers were matched up with 1-seed Kansas in the first round, and, like clockwork, Penn became “that team.” But like every other year since 1987, it wasn’t meant to be. Kansas beat Penn today 76-60 in Wichita, and the Quakers became the most recent disappointment in the desperate hope that 16-seed will eventually experience tournament victory.
Even though they lost, the Ivy League Champs put forth a pretty valiant effort and made KU fans sweat it out for a bit. The Quakers were up eight points on the Jayhawks with under seven minutes left in the first half, before Kansas went on a 22-5 run to end the half. After that, the Jayhawks never relinquished the lead. Here is a small glimpse of the excitement went Penn was looking good…
Here’s a sampling of people who thought, before the tournament began that Penn had a chance to, or would, win.
Penn is going to beat Kansas. https://t.co/x7dLNE3kZ9
— aaron bauer (@ABauer_ATR) March 15, 2018
I picked Penn over Kansas because I'm a mad woman and want to see all your brackets burned to the ground. ❤️#MarchMadness
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) March 15, 2018
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 15, 2018
I picked kansas to lose in the first round and Mizzou to win the whole thing … just like I always do. #MarchMadness
— David Dishman (@Dishman5) March 15, 2018
Can't possibly go worse than my NFL playoff bracket… pic.twitter.com/eoMrSaNqBx
— nick wright (@getnickwright) March 15, 2018
Penn beating Kansas today.
— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) March 15, 2018
— Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) March 15, 2018
THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE DOG. THE STARS ARE ALIGNED FOR THE PENN QUAKERS. I got Penn upsetting Kansas…
HERE ME OUT! Here's the explanation: pic.twitter.com/qGZv2mBPS8
— Dyuce Woodson (@DyuceWoodson) March 14, 2018
16th-seeded Penn might pull off the historic upset today. Took them in one of my brackets.
There's a good chance at 4 p.m. today Kansas fans look at each other and say:
What Just Ha-PENN-ed?!?!#MarchMadness
— Joe Manniello (@joe_manniello) March 15, 2018
I took Penn over Kansas.
— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) March 15, 2018
I’m just gonna throw this out there now: I’m sincerely believing Penn will beat Kansas. Some may say “David, you’re just saying that because 60% of your family went there” and that is definitely true.
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanWTAE) March 14, 2018
At ESPN, KU's NCAA Tournament history includes a loss to Penn on Thursday https://t.co/Q2raPM19hY
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) March 14, 2018
Looking to do something bold in your NCAA tournament bracket? Consider picking No. 16 Penn to topple No. 1 Kansas https://t.co/1TA1nJgPAe
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 14, 2018
You heard it here first. Dan Rather's NCAA blue-plate specials. Penn upsets Kansas. Marshall upsets Wichita St.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) March 13, 2018
don’t think there’s ever been a better shot at a 16-1 upset than Penn over Kansas. Ivy League is getting better every year, and they beat out teams like harvard, yale, and princeton, that have all been on the rise.
— The Dawg Pack (@UWDawgPack) March 13, 2018
— The Kicker (@TheKicker) March 13, 2018
Yes. I just picked Penn over kU. Also took Yale over Baylor. The Ivy League gets it done! @ me if you’d like. 🙂 https://t.co/2WYH0JokLk
— Bob Ballou (@BobBallouSports) March 12, 2018
i think; for absolutely no reason based in logic or even fantasy; that Penn will be the first 16 seed to win
— functional moron (@fiveburger) March 11, 2018
Kansas is losing to Penn
— Anonymous Eagle (@AnonymousEagle) March 11, 2018
Ivy League teams have a knack for first round upsets. The biggest one yet would be No. 16 Penn over No. 1 Kansas–which has a better chance of happening than you'd think. https://t.co/JJoI6AcS93
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) March 14, 2018
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 15, 2018
Some more college basketball fans who thought Penn would pull off the upset: