My undergraduate alma matter, Utah State University, made it to the NCAA tournament this year. Despite a 30-3 season and a #17 national ranking, they were assigned a #12 seed against Kansas State. Last night they lost the opening game by five points. The Aggies always do great in the regular season, but then choke when they get to the big tournament. This will unfortunately do them no favors as they seek higher seeds in future seasons.
As an aside, before class started today I was talking about March Madness with one of my students and about USU’s loss last night. Surprisingly, he knew about USU’s basketball reputation! “They’re the team with the awesome student chants during the games… and that one big guy who always shows up dressed in crazy costumes!” Despite the loss, it’s nice to know that even people out in Kentucky know a little bit about Utah State’s basketball program… or at least, the enthusiastic student fans!