QUOTE(Dave in Green @ Mar 27 2012, 11:39 AM)
Over the past four seasons, both the Zips and OU have made it to the NCAA tournament twice without having won the MAC regular season championship.
The difference is that OU has won three NCAA tournament games while the Zips have yet to win.
Looking at that, it's not unreasonable for Zips fans to be more focused on the importance of winning NCAA tournament games than anything else right now.
To win NCAA tournament games, first you have to get to the NCAA tournament. If winning the MAC regular season championship and/or having a winning record against strong OOC opponents makes it more likely for the Zips to make it to the NCAA tournament, I don't see how any Zips fan could be against having those as secondary goals that contribute to the larger goal.
But, ultimately, Zips fans are not going to be completely satisfied until the team not only gets to the NCAA tournament but wins tournament games. OU's done it twice in the last three seasons. Can't did it a decade earlier.
Zips fans want their team to be better than Can't, OU, or any other team in the MAC. Exceeding the accomplishments of OU and Can't on the national college basketball stage is the only way to achieve that goal.
Dave this doesn't sound like the NIT Cheerleader we heard from a few weeks ago.
Funny how perspective changes in a few short weeks.