Broken down ponies

Now I know why I do not play for money when filling out an NCAA tournament bracket. 

SMU joined Iowa State and Baylor as higher seeded teams to lose today. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have taken a team which won the American Athletic Conference, which is highly suspect. 

The Mustangs lost 60-59 to UCLA, a team many felt should not have been in the tournament, or at the very least, have been playing in the First Four instead of Dayton, which got to play on its home court last night. 

It means Larry Brown’s current school lost to a former school. Brown coached UCLA to the 1980 national championship game before going on to coach the New Jersey Nets in the NBA before going back to college to Kansas, where he coached the Jayhawks to the 1988 national championship. Shortly after that, he went back to the NBA and the San Antonio Spurs, knowing KU was about to get hammered with probation for recruiting violations committed both by himself and predecessor Ted Owens. 

UCLA now has a sugar coated road to the Sweet 16. The Bruins will play UAB in the second round Saturday. The Blazers probably shot their wad by beating Iowa State. 

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

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