Ten winners and losers from the first week of the NCAA tournament:
Winner: The Heartland. It's where the winners are.
If you got in the car at Indiana University in Bloomington at 8 a.m., you could visit seven Sweet 16 schools by 5 p.m. Go about 105 miles south to the University of Louisville. Then travel about 75 miles east to the University of Kentucky. From there head north about 90 miles to the University of Cincinnati. Then it's a quick five miles across town to Xavier University. Next is a 115-mile drive northeast to Ohio State University. Finally after an 85-mile drive southeast, you've arrived at Ohio University.
This is the game's fertile crescent. North Carolina is the only place with comparable fan passion and tradition to this group of schools (and behold, Tobacco Road has two representatives in the Sweet 16 in North Carolina and North Carolina State). If you visit the trophy cases at those schools, you'd find hardware from 17 national championships - seven at Kentucky,Read More »from NCAA's first weekend very Middle American