The Utes, Cougars and Aggies won’t get a chance to play the role of Cinderella this year at the Big Dance. Instead, they will play the role of the jealous ugly stepsisters as they watch other mid major teams try on the prized glass slipper that is the NCAA Championship.
One underdog left from the Beehive State has a chance to win a golden ticket to the main March Madness Big Dance. That team is Weber State University of the Big Sky Conference. Utah Valley University had a good chance to make it to the Western Athletic Conference finals but was bypassed by Cal State Bakersfield in quadruple overtime.
The Utes and Cougars might have a chance to meet in the NIT even though Ute Coach Larry Krystowiak decided not to play the Cougars in the regular season due to “safety reasons”.
The Aggies had their first losing season in 24 years but their future looks bright with a Mountain West Conference freshman Player of the Year Koby McEwen who averaged the most points per game of any Aggie freshman since the all time leading Aggie scorer Jaycee Carroll averaged 14.7 points per game in the 2004-2005 season.
There will be four games played at the Vivint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 16th, 2017. Top dogs Arizona and Gonzaga have been predicted in mock brackets all season long to play in Salt Lake City as these colleges are in nearby Western States. Other random small teams like South Dakota State and Texas Southern have been predicted to match up against them.
The NCAA bracket will be announced on Selection Sunday this Sunday afternoon and fans can catch the madness starting with the play-in games on Wednesday and the round of 64 on Thursday.
Brackets will be busted. Cinderellas will find their glass slippers. Madness will leave fans maniacal this March. It’s no use for basketball fans in the Beehive State to hang their heads about the failures of their own teams to qualify for the tournament. It’s time to fill out those brackets at the office pool and even get a ticket for a round of games close to home in Salt Lake City. It’s time for college kids to start balling like they were invited to a royal ball.