Nominees often say that being considered for an award is a tremendous honor. And it is. But it’s a lot of fun to win…
The Northwestern University Wildcats secured a bid in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (March Madness) for the first-time in school history just last weekend. The team and its fans erupted in celebration on “Selection Sunday” when it was announced the Wildcats would be dancing in March.
Little did the fans know that their cheering that day was just the beginning of their jubilation.
Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt: The highlights.
Now, the next game for the 8-seeded Wildcats is a date with the 1-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the West bracket.
Going by common sense and analysis, the Gonzaga Bulldogs should advance to the Sweet Sixteen with ease. Going by the surprisingly successful mascot rule (which mascot would win in a fight), that’s where this match-up becomes more interesting with a Bulldog vs. a Wildcat.
The former is the logical approach, but the latter approach is much more fun.
Going by geography and names, this basketball game will be
North Northwestern by vs. Northwest.
Light Blue v. Dark Blue.
Public v. Private.
UNC v. Villanova.
The 2016 NCAA National Championship game is set to take off in Houston, Texas at NRG Stadium, which will inspire either Chapel Hill or Philadelphia to erupt in celebration late tonight as this season’s king of college basketball.
Even though there is no Cinderella in the title game, the two major programs (sporting varying shades of blue) will have a David v. Goliath aura. The Tar Heels currently have 5 championships to their name, while the Wildcats have one title.
Roy Williams will have the opportunity to hoist his 3rd national championship as the head coach of UNC in 11 years. When you consider the relentless competition from teams around the country and the recruitment cycle and enrolling players and graduating players, winning 3 national championships in 11 years would be an incredible achievement.
In order for Roy Williams and his team to cap off (and earn another cap/hat) another golden season, the Tar Heels will have to beat a talented Villanova squad that embarrassed the Oklahoma Sooners in the Final Four with the final score of 95-51. The challenge is there and, before UNC can cut down the nets for the 6th time, they will need to burn the nets with three’s and two’s NBA Jam-style and rattle the rim with dunks.
What’s at stake?
Go Tar Heels!!