Me, I don't really get March Madness. I mean, I get it as a journalist and armchair shrink, but I don't get it. But I'm happy to feed your madness. Here's a quick guide to Northwest teams and coverage.
First, for those uninitiated in the ways of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its 70th annual Division I Men's Basketball Championship tournament, bear in mind that these guys don't know much about geography. Teams get assigned willy-nilly to all corners of the country. Michigan State plays in the first round of the South regional – in Denver. Connecticut plays in the first round of the West regional – in Tampa, Fla. The so-called Final Four, where the four surviving teams play, sometime this summer, I think it is, will be in San Antonio.
The Northwest teams:
|Regional||Seed||First victim||Where and when|
|Washington State University (24-8)||East||4||Winthrop University (22-11)||Denver, Thursday, 3/20|
|Gonzaga University (25-7)||Midwest||7||Davidson College (26-6)||Raleigh, N.C., Friday, 3/21|
|University of Oregon (18-13)||South||9||Mississippi State University (22-10)||Little Rock, Ark., Friday, 3/21|
|Boise State University (25-8)||East||14||University of Louisville (24-8)||Birmingham, Ala., Friday, 3/21|
|Portland State University (23-9)||Midwest||16||University of Kansas (31-3)||Omaha, Thursday, 3/20|
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