Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament? It could happen

Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament? It could happen

The Georgetown Hoyas are just 3-6 in the NCAA Tournament since reaching the Final Four in 2007, and with the program getting off to a shaky start to begin the 2016-17 season, questions regarding the future of head coach John Thompson III have begun to circulate. 

But the easiest way to quiet critics is to win, and the Hoyas (12-10, 3-6) did just that this week, beating No. 16 Creighton 71-51 at Verizon Center and No. 11 Butler 85-81 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

With an upcoming game against lowly DePaul, the Hoyas are in a good position to put together a solid winning streak and improve their standing, not only in the Big East, but in the NCAA Tournament selection process.

While the ten losses, which includes four straight losses to begin conference play and a head-scratching non-conference home loss to Arkansas State, paint a bad picture, the Hoyas have a hearty crop of good wins, and as of the end of January, have the resume of a NCAA Tournament team, according to USA Today's latest Bracketology update.

USAT bracketeer Shelby Mast has the Hoyas as one of the last four teams in the field of 68, meaning they would travel to Dayton, Ohio to play in the First Four against TCU. The winner of that game would go on to play UCLA, with the winner advancing to face Creighton or Monmouth. That would be fun. 

While the optics still seem garish, the Hoyas have three wins against RPI Top 15 teams (Oregon, Butler, Creighton) and have already played 13 teams ranked in the KenPom Top 100. While they still have plenty of work to do, the Big East's strong depth means they will have opportunities to pick up more good wins. A road trip to Creighton, along with two games against Villanova would provide the resume boost that not many other programs could benefit from.

The idea of Georgetown in the tournament might make some chuckle, especially considering the way their recent tournament appearances have finished.

But the latest Bracketology clearly proves that the Hoyas are in position to make the tournament if they continue to win, and after last week, it looks like that's what they've decided to do.





Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.

Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).

Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.  

Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.

Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region

Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)

When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

South Region Bracket:

No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati

UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

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Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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