Is San Diego State deserving of the title, “America’s Team!?” Nancy Armour of USA TODAY thinks so and she says so in digital black and white.

There is a purity to the NCAA tournament, the idea that anything is possible playing out before our eyes. So long as Alabama remained, that was tainted.

Nancy Armour, USA TODAY

San Diego State is America’s team now.

The Aztecs did the entire country – well, 49 of the states, at least – a solid Friday night by eliminating top-seeded Alabama and its thick cloud of ick. Rather than cringing at the thought of Nate Oats getting rewarded for his shameless opportunism with a national title, we can enjoy the rest of the NCAA men’s tournament without feeling the need for a shower when it’s over.

“It’s been an unbelievable year,” Oats said after the 71-64 loss. “Everybody is really disappointed in the loss. It ended too soon.”

More like not soon enough.

Admittedly, I don’t follow NCAA basketball too much anymore. There is only so much free time in your week. I’m more of an NBA guy myself. Go Warriors! I did appreciate this article because I think she made some poignant points about the harrowing lack of leadership in Alabama. If you have the time, be sure to read the rest of this great article.