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One of the things I love about the tournament is that when you beat a good team, it's a loss they're not likely to get back. Sure, Izzo is 1-6 all-time vs. dook, but that one was a BIG one. And if we beat them Friday, MSU is 2-2 in the tournament all-time vs. the dookies.
We get lots of small trophies along the way, but the wins that we remember are the ones against the big time programs. Working backwards....
2013: valparaiso, memphis
2012: long island, st. louis, (LOUISVILLE)
2010: new mexico state, MARYLAND, northern iowa, tennessee, (BUTLER)
2009: robert morris, usc, KANSAS, LOUISVILLE, UCONN, (UNC)
2008: TEMPLE, PITT, (memphis)
2007: MARQUETTE, (UNC)
2006: (george mason)
2005: old dominion, vermont, DOOK, KENTUCKY, (UNC)
2003: colorado, FLORIDA, MARYLAND, (TEXAS)
2002: nc state
2001: alabama state, fresno state, GONZAGA, TEMPLE, (ARIZONA)
2000: valpo, utah, SYRACUSE, IOWA STATE, WUSCONSIN, FLORIDA
1999: mt. st. mary's, ole miss, OKLAHOMA, KENTUCKY, (DOOK)
1998: emu, princeton, (UNC)
Big-time programs in all caps. Losses in parentheses.
There's a lot to be proud of on that list, for sure. But we haven't knocked off a big boy in a while. It's time.
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Big-time programs include schools like Oklahoma, Temple, Wisconsin and Texas?
I struggled with some of them. At first, I was only going to include teams who've been to a Final Four in all caps, but that would include Mempis, Marquette, wusconsin, OU and Texas anyway.
We really owe UNC a beatdown
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