If you're a Marquette fan like I am -- and really, isn't everybody? -- you have to be at least a little encouraged from the results of Thursday's games:
-- A nice victory by fellow Big East survivor UConn.
-- A superb team effort by the anti-Jimmers of Florida.
-- Butler's cool takedown of Wisconsin (leaving Marquette as the lone Cheeseheads still alive).
-- And especially, Arizona's defeat of defending champion Duke.
Wait? Did I say defeat? Arizona didn't just defeat the Dookies; the Wildcats destroyed them.
And so maybe, just maybe, another underdog can take down another ACC heavyweight.
All I know is that Marquette already is playing with house money. Many critics said The Gold shouldn't even have been invited to the tournament, and now here they are one of the final dozen still standing. So win or lose, it already has been pretty sweet.
My wife and I will be joining some fellow Charlotte-area Marquette alums area to cheer on our beloved Golden Warrior Eagles. We'll probably be outnumbered 50-to-1 at the sports bar, meaning there is potential for great public embarrassment if the Tar Heels thrash our lads from Milwaukee.
Nevertheless, this is sports. And in sports, you really do never know ... which is why it's the only reality TV worth watching.
The Dookies went down hard. Maybe next it will be Carolina's turn to fall.
I've got to admit I'd be a little more confident if Arizona would let us borrow Derrick Williams for a couple of hours.