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Sweet 16 Open Thread: Who to Root for as a UConn fan

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Just because UConn isn't in it anymore doesn't mean we can't enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without a rooting interest!

"I gotta tell ya, I can't wait to get back in the studio next weekend. Love those guys."
"I gotta tell ya, I can't wait to get back in the studio next weekend. Love those guys."
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So, UConn lost in the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament. As a testament to how spoiled we are as fans, search Kevin Ollie on Twitter to see how many haterz there are after a season where the Huskies picked up a conference tournament title and currently sit at 25th in the country in the KenPom rankings.

Here's a quick breakdown of tonight's Sweet 16 matchups and who I'd like to see win:

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 2 Villanova - Thursday, 7:10 p.m.

It's always great to cheer on a team who we once shared a conference with, which is why Miami is the obvious choice here. #ALLABOUTDAU

Though the plucky underdogs from Villanova have made an admirable and miraculous run to the Sweet 16, it looks like the dream season is about to end for the Wildcats.

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Oklahoma - Thursday, 7:37 p.m.

Obviously rooting for our future conference mates in Oklahoma.

Last time UConn saw Oklahoma in a major sporting event, it was in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. As someone who made the trip to Arizona to watch history being made, I can say that Sooner fans were incredibly kind. Like the way I would have been kind to a Butler fan if I saw one in Houston at the National Championship later that year. #blessed


No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland - Thursday, 9:40 p.m.

It's always nice to root for the underdog, but saying that you lost in the tournament to the eventual national runner-up would ease the pain of UConn's early exit. Obviously, we don't want Kansas catching up to our powerhouse program in championships- even if one of their three came before racial integration, the three-point line, and Rick Pitino's recruiting strategies.

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Duke - Thursday, 10:07 p.m.

I should be in bed while this one is wrapping up, but probably won't be. Go Oregon.

Who are you rooting for this weekend?