The ACC Has At Least Two Final Four Teams to Root For
As the march to Georgia Tech’s hometown of Atlanta continues, fans of the ACC can be certain that they will have at least two teams to root for. By beating Marquette handily in yesterday’s Elite 8 game, Syracuse ensured that there will be someone from on that side of the bracket to root for. Meanwhile, there is no doubt that one of Duke or Louisville will be heading to Atlanta too. So ACC fans can be certain that they will have a rooting interest for two of the teams next weekend. But that just leads to two more questions.
#1. Who are you rooting for in today’s game between the Blue Devils and the Cardinals?
For Duke fans, that is easy. For Louisville fans, that is easy. But if you are a fan of one of the other thirteen schools, who are you going to be cheering for? Is the Duke hatred so strong that you are leaning Louisville? As a future ACC member, it would be fine to root for Louisville anyway. Then again, they currently represent the Big East (or the leftovers, or whatever they are being called right now)? And then there is the coaches–some people have strong feelings about Coach K and Rick Pitino. The one thing that is clear is that both are excellent coaches. Should be a great game today.
#2. A similar question arises out of the Michigan-Florida matchup.
The Big 10 is becoming the New York Yankees of college sports–throwing their money around without any regard for making sound decisions or the “Butterfly Effect” impact on the rest of college sports. If that is not bad enough, how can anyone root for the Michigan Wolverines? The cockiest of all the Big 10 fanbases, the program brought us the Fab 5, and then sanctions for apparently having bought the Fab 5. And the football team is full of self-worth and entitlement, despite once thinking that hiring Greg Robinson was a step in the right direction for a defense. But the other option is Florida–rival to Florida State and Miami. Not exactly the most modest of fan bases either. And Billy Donovan had his own core of players that, much like the Fab 5, provided two years of outstanding play. At the very least, it is difficult to dislike Billy Donovan and his Michigan counterpart, John Beilein.
So, you tell us, who are you rooting for in today’s Elite 8 matchups?