So long, no. 5 seed Drake, and welcome to a nutty universe where the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have advanced to the field of 32, while Kentucky were eliminated by Marquette. And of course, Coach Pete Bell’s Western University weren’t even eligible, as they’re still serving a 20 year probation for launching Penny Hardaway’s acting career.

I realize it’s usually typo city around here, but I’d like to think I’ve got a few excuses. For one, I’m a state school dropout. For another, I was raised by wolves (and there’s queso sauce stuck to this keyboard). So with that in mind, I’ve gotta ask, Pete Thamel, what’s the deal?

I wonder how the athletic department and administration in West Lafayette feel about these sort of platitudes. Who wouldn’t want to be characterized as one of the shiek programs in college hoops?