Since I'm losing my mind waiting for our game and quickly lsoing patience watching UConn's disgusting brand of basketball, here's another post to talk about the fan experience of this run compared to last year's:
I'm not used to sustained success from the basketball program, let alone acute success. I can't stop thinking about how much different this year's team is than last year's team, and how much different our tournament run feels.
Last year, every game seemed like a gift. We were seeded underdogs in almost every game. Going into the Elite Eight, after that miracle against Kansas, I was in a state of Fandom Nirvana. It was one of the only times where I really truly think I would have felt very minimal pain from losing. I was also terrified of Florida, and had little faith we would win.
This year? I don't know how to feel. It seems like last game we were Kansas and Tennessee couldn't quite pull out the dagger against us. At the same time, we've been disrespected and largely ignored. It makes me doubt the knowledge I've gained about the team from watching them all season, and makes me be overly cynical. But I am not as scared of Kentucky, even if I should be. I also think I will be much more upset if we lose. Mostly, I am impatient.
There's my pregame thoughts. What say you all?