So being an Iowa resident, it was probably inevitable that I would add yet another favorite: Iowa State, the Hawkeyes' arch rival. I have a soft spot in my heart for Oklahoma, where I have relatives. But after all, one of them (long deceased) actually flunked out of Iowa State, so I don't feel too guilty in giving preference to another Big Twelve team.
Now, I've never been a particular basketball fan (hockey was the winter sport of choice in the Waters household). But when it comes to college basketball, I take an interest in Iowa State. After all, when the Cubs' Triple-A team isn't playing, there has to be some local team I can root for (though I do have a fondness for the Des Moines Buccaneers, our local Junior A hockey team).
Anyway, the Cyclones gave it a good try, but they narrowly missed going to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen today. Final score: Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75,
A shame. It seemed a little strange to be rooting against one of the 12 of the 13 Big 10 teams I feel conference loyalty toward, but I guess I won't have to worry about that any more.
Now Illinois has to upset Miami.
ADDENDUM: No such luck. Miami 63, Illini 59.
Looks like I can stop paying attention now.