march madness

It may not feel like it around here, but we are still in the midst of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s been almost two weeks since AU lost its opening game to Wisconsin, a talented team that will take the floor Saturday in the Final Four.

I had the opportunity to follow the Eagles during their brief stay in Milwaukee, where I tweeted about everything from the smells on the street outside the arena (think grilled pork products) to the action on the court. (Follow us @AU_AmericanMag)IMG_2840It was a festive atmosphere (for everyone except, perhaps, the team) in the cold and windy city on the banks of Lake Michigan. Most fans I spoke with, while holding out hope for a shocking upset, were simply proud of the team’s accomplishments this season and happy to have made the tournament. In the end, Wisconsin was just too tough. They’re a versatile, well-coached team with more offense this year than in years past. They’re underdogs to Kentucky on Saturday night, but I’m picking the Badgers to pull the upset (and then lose to Florida in the title game Monday night).

While the Eagles will be watching the Final Four at home with the rest of us this weekend, one national publication still has AU very much in the spotlight. Mother Jones published a fascinating piece on its website titled “What If Spending More on Women’s Sports Meant NCAA Tourney Wins?

Hint: It would be a very different Final Four.

Enjoy the games this weekend.