March Madness is here! March Madness is here! All of the nation’s bosses don’t care that no one is working in their cubicles, because the boss is in their office doing the same thing. It’s a beautiful time to live in America.
And, since no Louisiana team deigned to compete in the Final 64 (Southern already lost), here are some alternate teams, based on your local Louisiana baseball team, that you can root for.
Louisiana Baseball Top 12
#1 LSU Tigers (13-3) a.k.a. Kentucky Wildcats
You love them or you hate them. But, either way, you think about them too much. And, for the haters, when they think about it, they’re not sure why they hate them. Just that they REALLY do. LSU finally takes over our pole position with their 9-4 victory over New Orleans. The schedule “gets real” for the Tiger youth as they enter SEC play. We’ll just pretend that loss to Ball State never happened.
#2 New Orleans Privateers (13-4) a.k.a. Wichita State Shockers
They’re that team that’s been around, but then might fade away, and then they knock off some big boys. The Privateers travelled to Sam Houston State, and won the series against the Bearkats (yes, with a “k”), to continue their eye-opening start to the season. The Bearkats were picked to finish third in the Southland conference. The Privateers? Dead last. Like I said, eye-opening. The Southland better wake up.
#3 Southeastern Lions (11-6) a.k.a. Baylor Bears
The team that’s not afraid of anyone and has the battle scars to prove it. The Lions finished their gauntlet last week. Then they whipped Incarnate Word for three games, and drubbed a tough South Alabama squad, 9-2. The rough early schedule will start paying dividends as the Lions enter conference play.
#4 UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (11-6) a.k.a. Iowa Hawkeyes
The Cajuns are that team that, after you hear about some of their losses, you wonder how they are still in the Top 25. Another week, another baffling loss, as Lafayette got beat by Troy, 4-1, last Saturday. They won the series, and then crushed Northwestern State, but the jury is still out.
#5 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-4) a.k.a. UNCW Seahawks
Work with me on this one. The Bulldogs had an entire series rained out this week, so their NCAA team is the SEAhawks. Yep. They did smash Alcorn State, 15-4.
#6 Tulane Green Wave a.k.a. Indiana Hoosiers
It’s all Jekyll and Hyde, all the time. The Hoosiers were left for dead at the beginning of the basketball season, but entered the tournament as a trendy pick to do some damage. You just don’t know what you’re going to get. Sound familiar, Uptown? The Wave swept Furman, as they should have. Then they got beat mid-week by Nicholls State, as they should not have. Tulane travels to Austin to take on a mad Longhorn team. They better be ready.
#7 Northwestern Demons (8-8) a.k.a. North Carolina Tar Heels
Okay, on second thought, I don’t know the meaning of Tar Heel. But I do know what a Demon is, it is a Dark Lord of the night, and it lives in Natchitoches. “Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete.” That last line was an “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” reference, and if you knew that, we should be friends.
#8 Nicholls State Colonels (9-9) a.k.a. Dayton Flyers
Dayton set March Madness on fire, as a team that can sneak up on you when it counts, last year. That happens in Louisiana baseball as well, at least if you’re named Tulane, and you just got beat by the Colonels, 2-1.
#9 McNeese State Cowboys (8-8) a.k.a. Virginia Cavaliers
Cavaliers are cowboys with fancier clothes and cooler mustaches. They also carry swords instead of six-shooters. Six-shooter is an awesome word. It was a less than cool week for McNeese State, who lost a series to Houston Baptist and split with UL-Monroe.
#10 UL-Monroe Warhawks (7-9) a.k.a. UConn Huskies
I like the Warhawks – was rooting for them to make March Madness. I don’t like UConn. The Warhawks lost a lot this week (1-4). I hope UConn always loses.
#11 Southern University Jaguars (3-11) a.k.a. Southern University Jaguars
Congrats to Southern for being the only Louisiana team to actually make March Madness, and keep on, keepin’ on baseball team. Nice victory against Prairie View, and the Jags were this close to knocking off Nicholls State.
#12 Grambling State Tigers (4-11) a.k.a. Duke Blue Devils
I don’t like Duke. Ever. I also don’t like schools that don’t update their schedules and news on team websites. So, thanks to D1baseball.com (the best college baseball site) for keeping track of Grambling’s record. In other news, Grambling baseball followed me (and you should too – @fullsportnola) then unfollowed me (I assume they read my rankings). The coolest thing is their Twitter account, @grambaseball, says it’s the team’s, “Official Instagram,” account. Sweet.
Happy March Madness, everybody! Here’s to winning your office pool, and getting to brag to your friends that anyone with a brain knows that Cal-State Bakersfield is better than Oklahoma. But, whatever happens, know that your brackets will be busted by Sunday.
*Additional photos from ragincajuns.com and ulmwarhawks.com