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  • Three rounds of the NCAA basketball tourney are in the books with most of colleges around these parts dancing right off the bracket.
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  • Three rounds of the NCAA basketball tourney are in the books with most of colleges around these parts dancing right off the bracket.
    Iowa State has made it to the Sweet 16. Congrats to the Cyclones for their third round win over North Carolina.
    If you aren’t from Ames, however, you’re probably disappointed.
    I am talking about you Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State Nebraska and Creighton. None of those teams will still be dancing come Thursday.
    Iowa barely made the tourney and didn’t play all that great down the stretch, so their exit was at least somewhat expected.
    Kansas lost in the third round to Stanford, complete with the obligatory video footage of a young fan weeping in reaction to the defeat. For Kansas State and Wichita State, it was Kentucky who politely pushed them from the bracket.
    Nebraska and Creighton were both shown the door by Baylor. Leave it to a Texas team.
    Strangely, it was Nebraska that played the closer game against the Bears. Better officiating and the Huskers might have even won.
    Ok, that might be stretching it considering how badly the Huskers shot the ball.
    Still, it would have been even closer and the margin was at least within shouting distance.
    What’s next for these ejected teams?
    Kansas fans will, no doubt, reload for next year and be right back in the thick of things. They have a solid coach and they recruit great players.
    Kansas State seems to be building a fairly decent tournament tradition and Wichita State’s program figures to be competitive once again in the Missouri Valley, although the Shockers are very unlikely to post as gaudy of a record next season.
    For Iowa and Nebraska, it’s back to the grind of the always tough Big 10.
    The Huskers are hoping to return their top play makers, but at least one of those guys could be off to the NBA. Coach Tim Miles and the Huskers will hope to build on what they’ve done this season, but that will be far from automatic.
    Creighton’s task may be the toughest. Doug McDermott is done with his career and will head off to the NBA. How will the Jays respond? Are they up to the task in their new conference without a player as accomplished as Dougie McBuckets?
    Time will tell.
    Back to this year. March Madness isn’t over.
    For the 16 still alive in the tournament and for those few, and I do mean precious few, who have a bracket worth salvaging, the tournament will continue.
    Who is going to make the Final Four down in Dallas?
    Page 2 of 2 - Here’s my crack at a revised Final Four.
    Florida, Virginia, Arizona and Louisville.
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