Wow, wow, wow! The AU Eagles did it again yesterday. They beat Holy Cross to capture the Patriot League Championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the 2nd year in a row. Last year was AU’s first-ever time to the Big Dance.
Congrats to Coach Jeff Jones and his team, mostly the 7 seniors who played superbly throughout the season.
AU’s Bender Arena was packed yesterday afternoon for this thrilling event. Per Patriot League rules, the visiting team is allocated 1/3 of the tickets, so it wasn’t all AU fans, but it was a rollicking atmosphere.
DC Mayor Fenty was there w/ his twin sons … as well as most of DC’s sports media types. AU might be the only DC area team going to the NCAA Tourney this year, which is hard to believe. But, hopefully, Maryland will make it too after their terrific win over Wake Forest last night.
Last year, the over-matched AU Eagles battled gamely against the supremely talented Univ of Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols only led by 1 point w/ 6 minutes left but they went to beat the Eagles. It’ll be interesting to see who AU is matched up against this year. We’ll find out tomorrow evening on “Selection Sunday.”
But, before we get to the selection show, there’s still a ton of college hoops to be played today / tomorrow, including the thrilling Big East and ACC tournaments. When I woke up this morning, I was bummed to see the windy, rainy weather in DC, but now I’m okay with it since I’ll be in front of my TV this afternoon watching great hoops action (just like I’ll be doing the next couple of weekends with the NCAA March Madness)! It’s all good.