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