Fun While It Lasted: Mason, Georgetown Hang Up Dancing Shoes
It’s past the first weekend crucible in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and here’s where Washington area teams stand … or don’t.
Despite later getting bounced from the tournament by overall No. 1 seed Ohio State (Big Ten), 98-66, on Friday, the eighth-seeded George Mason Patriots played in what Greg Gumbel called “one of the best games of this tournament,” handing the Big East’s ninth-seeded Villanova Wildcats a 61-57 loss in an East Region second-round game that went down to the wire.
Who said the mid-majors don’t have any juice?
Of course, the Wildcats went into the tournament as losers of five straight. Still, a win over a Big East team in the NCAA basketball tournament is a … a win over a Big East team in the NCAA basketball tournament. So, there!
The area’s other tournament team, the mighty Georgetown Hoyas (from the same Big East as those Wildcats), was less successful, getting scorched by lowly, 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University in a Southwestern Region second-round game. The Rams were so ill-thought of that they had to play in one of the expanded tournament’s “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio, two days prior. (If this were last year, VCU probably doesn’t get in).
Somehow they did it, and with panache, clobbering the Hoyas, 74-56. At least this takes some of the heat off Gary Williams and the Maryland program for awhile. Just think, George Mason has proven the most successful area team again, just like in 2006.
Maybe I should subtract that “lowly” adjective from VCU, because right now there seems to be no stopping the Richmond-based Rams, as they just stomped the Big Ten’s third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers, 94-76, to advance to their first-ever Sweet 16. Washington-area fans gotta have someone to root for; at least this Cinderella is from Virginia.
Coincidentally, VCU is from the Colonial Athletic Association, the same conference as George Mason.
So, regardless of how George Mason ultimately fared, apartment renters in Fairfax have something to be proud of — a gutsy basketball team from a mid-major conference that’s having a good showing at the Big Dance.
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