Opinion Blog: On the University of Connecticut Bandwagon

April 8, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Austin Reed
austinr@smu.edu

The Yankees. The Lakers. The Red Wings and the Patriots.

These are our star-studded icons of the great American bandwagon tradition.

Fans of these teams should be required by law to show a birth certificate (take that, birthers!) lest they be mocked out of sports bars for being front-runner leeches.

Now, in the year 2011, an old foe has risen out of the rubble that was the nation’s collective March Madness brackets, those infamous Huskies of the University of Connecticut. 

While all of our brackets imploded as the likes of Virginia Commonwealth University and Butler University tore through the elite ranks of Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Kansas. Little did we know, those relentless uConners were about to return to the stage to plague us once more.

Was there anybody outside of the 5th ratified state of the United States who wanted to see the Huskies win the tournament?

Anyone?

(cue, bandwagoners….)

Exactly. Anyone still worthy of the American underdog spirit were found in front of the TVs, rooting for those quasi-perennial under (Bulldogs) from Butler. They were here to seek revenge against the NCAA system and prove that parity can still exist somewhere in this country. Who wouldn’t root for these nobodies, these two-time Cinderellas, these kids who wanted to prove that they could hang with the supposed ‘elites’ of this massive sports market?

Oh, how foolish they made us look Tuesday night. 

The score was 53-41, uConn.

This is the lowest total score since 1949.

There was only 18.8 percent shooting by our hopeful underdogs.

One solitary three-pointer…on only eleven tries.

Congratulations Butler, you can now join such venerated implosions like the 90′s Buffalo Bills, the ’07 Colorado Rockies, the ’96 Florida Panthers… and of course, the Mets, always. That’s some spectacular company to keep for a team that had the hearts and minds of American sports fans, if only for a moment.

On April 5, 2011, our underdog spirit was caught with its pants down, and mocked for all to see.

All hail the great uConn Empire.

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Baylor Falls to Duke in Elite Eight

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By Nate Regan
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The Duke Blue Devils became the only No. 1 seed to advance to this year’s Final Four with a 78-71 win Sunday over Baylor University at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The No. 3 Bears led the Blue Devils at the half, 35-32, but guards Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for 49 points for Duke in the comeback victory.

The Blue Devils will take on West Virginia University Saturday in the school’s first Final Four appearance since 2004.

Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight with a 72-49 win Friday over Saint Mary’s College at Reliant Stadium.

Junior guard LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 23 points while senior guard Tweety Carter added 14 points against the Gaels.

On Thursday, Butler University upset the top-seeded Syracuse Orange, 63-59, to earn a spot in the Elite Eight against No. 2 Kansas State.

The No. 5 Bulldogs pulled off another upset Saturday against the Wildcats, 63-56, and is headed to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Butler will face the Michigan State Spartans this Saturday for a spot in the championship game, which will be played Monday, Apr. 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Spartans edged past the Tennessee Volunteers, 70-69, on Sunday to earn their spot in the Final Four.

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Four Texas Teams Ousted in Round 1 of NCAA Tournament

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By Nate Regan
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With no SMU team to cheer for in the NCAA Championship tournament, local fans were left to root for six other Texas schools who made the field of 64 in the 2010 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament.

On Thursday, the University of North Texas was routed by Kansas State, 82-62, in Oklahoma City before the regular-season Conference USA champion University of Texas-El Paso fell to the Butler Bulldogs, 77-59, in San Jose, Calif.

The previously top-ranked Texas Longhorns were upset in overtime, 81-80, by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in New Orleans.

Baylor University became the only Texas team to win Thursday when it defeated the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 68-59, also in New Orleans.

The No. 3-seeded Bears will face the No. 11 Old Dominion Monarchs Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

Texas A&M University beat Utah State Friday by a score of 69-53 in Spokane, Wash., to advance past the first round for the fifth year in a row.

The Aggies will play Purdue University Sunday at 4 p.m. in Spokane.

And in the last game of the first round, the C-USA Championship tournament Houston Cougars fell to the Maryland Terrapins, 89-77.

All four No. 1 seeds in the tournament – Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Duke – won their first-round matchups to advance.

The national championship game will take place Monday, Apr. 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

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