New Mexico and Georgetown were both knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in their very first games this year. The similarities between the two programs are almost identical, minus the Final Four appearance by Georgetown in 2007.
The giant New Mexico fan base had their balloon deflated yesterday by Ivy-League's #14 Harvard in an embarrassing early departure from the NCAA Tournament this year.
Meanwhile, just a few moments ago, the Hoyas were sent home in a high flying upset handed to them by #15 Florida Gulf Coast making the Lobo loss look a little more respectable. A little.
Georgetown's head coach, John Thompson III, has spent 9 seasons with the Hoyas with a 7-2 record of making the NCAA Tournament. Thompson produced a final four appearance in 2007 and sweet sixteen birth in 2006. The last five appearances were early dismissals.
New Mexico's head coach, Steve Alford, has spent 6 seasons with the Lobos with a 3-3 record of making the tournament. They have yet to win 2 games late in March.
In the last 5 years, New Mexico and Georgetown have proved that they are very good teams. Just not great teams.
Question: What is it about the NCAA Tournament that causes very good teams to fumble out of the first or second round?
Is there a doctor in the house?!