March 19, 2012 |
The map of the NCAA tournament, outside of a team from Waco, looks like America right after the Louisiana Purchase. Is this a Sweet 16, or the "original?" One of every four teams remaining is from Ohio, with Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio all advancing. No state has ever pushed four schools into the round of 16, which only invites the question: What happened to Akron? This is the tournament, you could say, where most of the rubber met the road. The westernmost school at the "West" Regional, Marquette, will need to bring its own bratwurst to Phoenix.