The first two rounds of the NCAA basketball championship have been played (round three is underway as I type), and nowhere to be seen is a surprise team like last year’s George Mason University.
The best answer I have seen is that of Phil Sheridan, in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Mid-majors that roar are winnowed out. While normally I’m not much for conspiracy theories, when the conspiracy fits with the interests of television and the dominant sports conferences … well, that’s a powerful aligning of interests.
Want to know what happened to Cinderella? I’d put the wicked stepsisters at the top of the list of suspects.