(1) Brian Henry Gonzaga, Texas Southern

Brian is a 1-seed from the Big 8 Conference and is leading Gonzaga and Texas Southern in the tournament. Brian is in the Friendship Madness field for the fourth time this year.

Message from the commissioner

I met Brian three years ago during one of the hardest times in my life, and he’s been my best friend ever since. I’ve never gotten closer to somebody as fast as I did with him. Seriously, one minute we were listing our ideal Pokémon lineup, and the next minute we were spilling secrets. I was seeding the 2013 tournament field and almost included him after only a couple of weeks of knowing him. People tell us we seem like we’ve been friends our whole lives, and that’s because we’ve definitely put in the friend hours.

We have been working together as long as we’ve been friends, and that has led to countless post-shift drinks at The Library or R&Js. He put up with me crashing on his and Austin’s couch more often than my own bed, and nobody hosted a house party like The Dakota could. We made the move from Norman to Oklahoma City to be roommates and to finally be grownups. He’s 41 days older than me, and both of us spent longer than we should have pretending we were still 21. But there are few things better than having a brother going through the same struggles you are to get your life together.

Brian is the most loyal person I’ve ever met. When you’re family, he’d do anything for you. Brian is a Friend™ because he’ll get up at 4 a.m. to talk you through relationship problems without complaining, he’ll forgive you after you drunkenly screamed at each other over a sports argument and he’ll dance with the best of them to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” before leaving the party early to go to sleep.

Also, he makes a mean Old Fashioned.