Thursday, March 15, 2012


The NCAA Tournament hasn't even started yet, but the BCs already feel like winners. That's because the three teams that matter most to us are all going dancing on Saturday . . . each one having locked up an automatic bid by winning the requisite conference title or tournament.

First and foremost, of course, is our adopted school, Maryland. (We're such fans of Terps basketball, sometimes we forget we didn't actually go to Maryland!) As everyone reading this blog knows, the Terps punched their ticket to the Big Dance by winning the ACC Tournament, earning a #2 seed (the top one at that) and a date with Navy (Patriot League Tournament Champions) on Saturday at 11 AM at Comcast.

We hope (and expect) the Terps will prevail, but we have to say that Navy is a pretty remarkable team. First, every player on the roster is committed to serving her country . . . in peace, and in war. And we also noticed that in addition to regular academic majors, each of the Midshipmen also lists her "military interests" . . . like Surface Warfare, Aviation or Submarines. Wow. These are exceptional young women. They play the game, but also wear the uniform. The BCs think it's great that the Midshipmen get to play at Comcast, relatively close to their base -- and fans -- in Annapolis.

While we'll be glued to the Terps/Navy first round match-up, we'll also be sneaking a periodic peak at our smartphones to catch the score of another game tipping off almost at the same time -- the game (in Bridgeport, CT) between BC Judith's alma mater, #9 Princeton, and #8 Kansas State.

The Tigers earned their dance-card by winning the regular season Ivy League title for the third year in a row, this season going undefeated in League play. (They're a remarkable 41-1 in the Ivies across those three seasons.) Uhhh, "Regular" season? That's right . . . the Ivies don't play a conference tournament. (Too busy studying.)

What has the BCs particularly excited about this year's Tigers is that Princeton's #9 seed is the highest seed ever for a women's Ivy League team. *drumroll, please* The Tigers have never won an NCAA Tournament game, but an 8/9 match-up . . . well, as fans know, that's anybody's game! And the BCs think Princeton has the pieces to get that first win. Go Tigers!

And last, but not least, at 4 PM on Saturday we'll be glued to our TV for whiplash whiparound coverage of our other favorite team, BC Eileen's alma mater, Dayton. The Flyers are in the Tournament by virtue of their upset win over top-seeded (and #21-ranked nationally) conference foe St. Bonaventure in the A-10 Tournament. They're a #11 seed, and they'll be squaring off against #6 Arkansas in College Station, Texas. Dayton may be the underdog, but that's why they play the games. Upsets happen. Go Flyers!

What a day for a couple of WCBB fans! And, if these three games aren't enough . . . it's also St. Patrick's Day to boot! We're hoping the luck of the Irish will be with all three of our favorite teams on Saturday!

Go Terps . . . Go Tigers . . . Go Flyers!


At 9:09 AM, Blogger vmaione said...

Can't wait to see the Terps! How nice that they are playing first thing tomorrow. The Terps web site posted a stat comparison for both teams:

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't make it to Comcast on Saturday but will be there Monday night, hopefully watching the Terps!!!

Remember Terps, this time of year, every team is dangerous.

Go Terps!!

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So on Doris' NCAA bracket board with President Obama, she doesn't even have MD in the sweet 16. Has MD losing to LV on Monday night. wow--not much respect for the Terps there.

Prove her wrong please!!

At 7:02 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anon at 9:06PM:

The bracket is the President's, not Doris Burke's. The President picked LV; you can even see him writing in the name on the video.

McCain won Kentucky in 2008. Maryland is a safely Blue state. Hmm....



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