It’s called the Sweet Sixteen with good reason.
Making the Elite Eight and Final Four is, of course, the raison detre, but surviving that first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is oh, so sweet.
Your expectations beyond that point — well, that pretty much depends on who you are.
For the Cinderella teams like Northern Iowa, Cornell and St. Mary’s, any other wins they amass at this point — as my friend Jason so aptly put it this morning — are gravy.
But for a seeded team for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse or even Ohio State, any loss is a huge disappointment to both the team and its fan base. They are expected to win from here on out.
No exceptions. No excuses.
If only the seeded teams could look at each win going forward as ‘gravy.’
Would that make the final victory even sweeter?