Evansville believes they are the new, 2019-20 version of the UMBC Retrievers following their monumental upset over the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
On Tuesday the Purple Aces shocked the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country on their home floor, handing Kentucky their first loss of the season. It was only the fifth time since 2010 that the top team in the country has fallen on their home court to an unranked team.
Following the victory, Evansville basketball's Twitter account thought they had quickly joined the annals of NCAA basketball "Giant Killers." They tweeted at UMBC, the famous Cinderella story to be the first No. 16 seed to unseat a No. 1 seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Spiderman meme linking the two together.
The always socially-savvy UMBC was quick to respond with an epic handshake to acknowledge the upset.
Gotta love the support mid-major programs have for each other. Evansville isn't quite on the historic level of UMBC or garnered the fame of other famous Cinderella programs, but an incredible win for the program nevertheless.
Based out of Evansville, Indiana, and the Missouri Valley Conference, the Aces have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1999. They weren't expected to end that 20-year drought this season either as they were picked eighth in the MVC. Probably a good chance for many MVC voters to reconsider.
Who would have thought that through two weeks of the college basketball season Evansville would hold the biggest victory so far? Now, it's just time for them to find that magic it in the NCAA Tournament.
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With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path.
Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers.
Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends.
"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."
Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.
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In this time of mass quarantining, live sports have come to a standstill across the country, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball’s offseason from churning along.
Players across the nation are deciding where they want to play next season, and the latest impactful player to take a step toward next year is VCU’s Marcus Santos-Silva.
The junior forward announced on his Instagram his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.
It’s not yet clear how limited the NBA’s draft preparation will be as a result of COVID-19, but Santos-Silva does mention in his announcement that he will be maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to return for his senior season.
Santos-Silva came off the bench his freshman season, but has started all 64 games in the last two years for VCU. As a junior, he averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 27.2 minutes.
He does all of his damage close to the rim, as he has yet to attempt a three-point shot in his college career.
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