I like to look at/make maps, and I thought that this would be a cool time to make a map of the teams in the NCAA tournament. Well, last week would have been a good time to make that map, but better late than never.
I didn't have time (yet) to make maps of the last 5-10 years, so it is hard to say if the cluster of schools from the Washington, D.C./Philly region down approximately the west side of the Appalachians to northeast Texas is par for the course or not. It does seem like there is a gaping hole in the plains states, and the Mountain Time Zone just disappears in the Sweet 16 map.
Thoughts? I considered color coding the schools in the Sweet 16 by conference, but 11 distinct colors is difficult to pull off.