The 2013 NCAA Tournament, more affectionately known as March Madness is an event that certainly won’t be the same to Richmonders without the VCU Rams, who were ousted by Michigan last Saturday. But life goes on, and so does the Tournament. Three of the top seeds remain in the hunt, Louisville, Ohio State, and Indiana, all have made it safely to the Sweet Sixteen as Gonzaga stumbled along the way, falling to the Shockers of Wichita State. May I remind you that ALL four of President Obama‘s Final Four picks are in the Sweet Sixteen.
Despite the quality teams still in pursuit of the National Championship, the biggest story in this episode of March Madness is the rise of Florida Gulf Coast, a college who’s program has been in existence about as long as your latest cell phone, yet here are these surprising Eagles in the mix at the Sweet Sixteen. Not only were their wins over Georgetown and San Diego State impressive, but they were dominant, considering a week agao, the Eagles were unknown and just happy to be in the NCAA Tournament.
UVA was a top seed in the NIT tournament, which helped the Cavaliers get three straight home games in Charlottesville, defeating Norfolk State and St. John’s on Sunday, to advance to the third round. Wednesday night, the Hawkeyes of Iowa put an end to the incredible season at JPJ Arena by defeating Virginia 75 – 64. The Wahoos finish up a strong 23 – 12 with a bright future ahead, so no reason for sadness in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, the Spiders of UR are done for the year. They were eliminated from the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) Tournament on Monday 57 – 51 to Wright State, concluding the season at 19 – 15.
In the Women’s NCAA Tournament, the Lady Pirates of Hampton University won the MEAC Championship again, their fourth consecutive title, and took on 2nd-seeded Duke University on Sunday afternoon, with the Lady Blue Devils concluding Hampton’s season with a 68 – 51 loss. HU was the state’s last NCAA Tournament hope.