Hampton makes an improbable run to the Big Dance
The Hampton Pirates are the first Cinderella story of March, as the sixth seeded Pirates holding a record of 16-17 (8-8), beat Delaware State to win the MEAC conference tournament, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. As Hampton is most likely heading towards the 16 vs. 16 seed play-in game, it gives the Pirates a chance to keep their season alive by winning an actual NCAA tournament game, a rare feat for most 16 seeds.
When I heard the news a team with a losing record was headed to the tournament–again, I could only smile. This is what March Madness is all about, a team that has absolutely no hope to receive an invitation to play in any tournament (NIT, CBT, CBI) let alone the Big Dance, wins four games in a row all as underdogs, to become MEAC conference tournament champions, forcing their way into the postseason.
Don’t count out the Pirates in the tournament. I was 12 years old the last time Hampton pulled off their last Herculean upset in 2001, beating the second seed Iowa State Cyclones 58-57. I remember it all too well, mainly because I had the Jamal Tinsley-led Cyclones going to the elite eight and Hampton busted my bracket that first glorious Thursday of March Madness. This is just the start of buzzer-beaters, questionable calls, and heartbreak. This is March Madness.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/hampton-makes-an-improbable-run-to-the-big-dance/BasketballNCAABNews and Updates#MarchMadness,Hampton,March Madness,NCAAThe Hampton Pirates are the first Cinderella story of March, as the sixth seeded Pirates holding a record of 16-17 (8-8), beat Delaware State to win the MEAC conference tournament, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. As Hampton is most likely heading towards the 16 vs. 16 seed...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk