Well. Today was rather unexpected in the Men’s Tournament selections. That’s something I’ll rage about tomorrow. Tonight is ladies night, when I pay attention to Women’s Basketball in an article. Hopefully this year it’ll be somebody other than Connecticut, Baylor, South Carolina and/or Notre Dame in the Final Four this year. Like for example…
1. State University of New York at Buffalo
Hey! I know these gals! This is the first time both the Men’s and Women’s teams are going dancing, as well as the first time the Women’s Basketball team is in March Madness. It’s exciting to be a Buffalo fan again with the Men’s Back to Back performances and the Women’s newfound dominance in the MAC. The next question is “Can they make it to the Sweet Sixteen? Elite Eight? Final Four?” Hopefully the answer is yes to all of those questions.
I barely… no I take that back. I don’t remember the last time Hawaii made the Tournament, because I wasn’t watching College Basketball when I was three in 1998. Yes, this is Hawaii’s first trip to the Big Dance in 18 years. People graduating this year probably weren’t alive when Hawaii last made the tournament. If you graduated from Hawaii in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree, you’re likely 40 years old or there about. So celebrate! You’re finally back! And, hopefully, Hawaii will be giving it’s students and alumni something to party about when the tournament ends.
If you remember the last time Iona’s Women’s Basketball Team made it to the NCAA Tournament, you’ll probably remember that time Santa Claus presented the Connecticut with the trophy and Steve Harvey’s grandfather accidentally telling Notre Dame that they won the Tournament when Michigan State actually won. Why? Because none of those things ever happened. Ever. This Iona’s first appearance, Santa Claus doesn’t exist, and Steve Harvey doesn’t have a grandfather, because Steve Harvey was formed in the belly of a far distant star and is immortal. So, yes, you can obviously expect me to be cheering for Iona.
Talk about teams that never get an opportunity: Troy has waited 19 years since their last postseason bid ended in flames to get back to the Dance. Yeah, they’ve been waiting longer than Hawaii to make it back. What’s worse is that 1997 was the only time previous to this one that Troy made it to the Tournament. It’s such a huge tease to their fans. Hopefully this year is an actual signal that this team is going to be a staying force in the Sun Belt, and that their players and fans don’t have to wait another twenty years or so to get another crack at it.
One thing I absolutely despise about Women’s College Basketball, and College Basketball in general, is the amount of parity between the teams. This has been softened in Men’s College Ball in recent years, but in Women’s College Basketball the Connecticut Huskies just went undefeated. Again. Notre Dame is a powerhouse. Again. That’s why it’s good to see teams like Army come along and perform well. This is only their third tournament, and I hope that these guys can at least leave an impact on the bracket, if not knock off Notre Dame or Connecticut.
Tomorrow I will post my brackets and I will make my picks for the First Four and the First Round of the Men’s Tournament. See ya then.