Since early February, I have had two thoughts about this year’s ISU men’s basketball team: They can lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament or win until they get steamrolled by Kentucky. — Me, about 60 hours ago

I hate it when I’m right. Iowa State doesn’t get to have nice things.

UAB 60, ISU 59. Done before 2 PM on the first day of the tournament in a game with enough bricks to build a new Campanile.

Iowa State is the fourth sixth team to lose first-round games as both a 2 and 3 seed, after Arizona, South Carolina, Missouri, Duke, and Georgetown.

Lost by 1, just like against Hampton.

False hope is worse than death.

BONUS INSULT TO INJURY: Iowa TV station promos are probably scheduled to run the whole weekend with “We’re following the Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Panthers in the tournament!”

UPDATE: Added South Carolina and Georgetown to the list of 2-seed/3-seed victims. In fact, now only one team (Syracuse) that lost as a 2-seed hasn’t also lost a first-round game as a 3-seed.

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