The College Park NCAA 1st and 2nd round (4-team) Pod was announced tonight on ESPN's Selection Monday show. And here's who's coming to Comcast on Sunday:
1. The top-ranked team, weighing in as the #4-seed (yay!) in the Philadelphia Region (drumroll, please) . . . the Maryland Terrapins!
2. The Terps will face the Region's #13 seed, St. Francis (PA), winner of the NEC (NorthEast Conference) in the first game of round 1. (Tip-off time: Noon!)
3. The second game of Sunday's double-header pits another local team, the Georgetown Hoyas, who garnered the #5 seed in the region, against a BasketCases favorite:
4. The Princeton Tigers, winners of the Ivy League! Go Orange and Black! (As our long-time readers know, Princeton is the alma mater of BC Judith . . . who, we guarantee, will be layering her wardrobe on Sunday: Maryland Red for Game 1 and PU Orange for Game 2.) Hoyas v. Tigers game time: approximately 2:30 PM.
While we never, ever think it's a good idea to look past an opponent -- we're just saying that IF both higher-seeded teams advance on Sunday, that would lead to a re-match (this time at Comcast) between the Terps and the Hoyas on Tuesday night.
The Hoyas, as you recall, beat the Terps at McDonough early in the regular season. So this -- IF it happens -- would be a game with quite a bit of local interest (and bragging rights) on the line.
In case you're wondering what happens after College Park . . . well, the winner of the Comcast Pod meets the winner of the Storrs, Connecticut Pod. The top-ranked team in that foursome is some team from rural New England. The Hardies, the Hussies . . . some team beginning with an "H." Whatever. Whoever. IF the Terps advance . . . Bring 'em on!
But, the Sweet Sixteen . . . that's looking way too far ahead. For now, the Terps need to focus on the Red Flash of St. Francis. And, IF they take care of business, and IF the Hoyas advance as well, then it will be all about beating Georgetown.
Sunday . . . Sunday . . . Sunday! We'll see you then. Noon at Comcast!
Go Terps . . . Beat the Flash!