Before he joined Ohio State's basketball team in Boston for the Sweet 16, Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith spent the early portions of the week traveling throughout the state for business meetings.
"Everywhere I went, all anyone wanted to talk about was the NCAA tournament," Smith said. "There's a tremendous amount of basketball pride in this state."
Especially this week.
The NCAA-title-contending Buckeyes may be the state's most popular program -- but they're far from the only reason Ohio citizens from city to city are strutting around with their chests puffed out.
For the first time in history, four of the 16 teams remaining in the NCAA tournament are from the same state.
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