Let's admit it. The state of Utah is better at doing some things than others, and we don't need to get all specific and comprehensive and political and proud and butt-hurt in either direction, but one of the things it is great at is hosting NCAA Tournament games.
That we can do, and do really well.
Apparently, better than we can actually qualify teams for the tournament, at least this year, since no school from Utah made the Big Dance in 2017.
On Thursday and Saturday, the tournament comes back, with Vivint Smart Home Arena hosting first- and second-round games for the third time in the building's history. All told, seven Utah venues have hosted NCAA games, including the Marriott Center, the Dee Events Center, the Smith Spectrum, and the Huntsman Center — which has hosted tournament games 15 different times, including the most famous of all Final Fours — the one in 1979 that featured Magic Johnson's Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores in the title game.