OK, so we got skunked, what’s the big deal?
The state of Texas got totally shut out of this year’s NCAA tournament for the first time since 1977, and everybody’s making a big fuss over it. Hey, I didn’t see a bunch of teams from Rhode Island in the tournament, and I don’t see anyone calling them out. How about North Dakota? Alaska? Zilch. Join our pity party while we — sniff, sniff — watch the rest of the nation get entranced by the tourney starting Thursday.
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STATES OF THE NCAA
Thirty-one states — and the District of Columbia — are represented in this year’s NCAA tournament field. A look at which ones are fielding the most teams:
The 5-school states: California, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
The 4-school states: New York
The 3-school states: Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia
The 2-school states: Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma
The 1-school states: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin
Nineteen states, including Texas, do not have teams in this year’s tournament: