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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.

2001 NCAA Tournament first round: #15 Hampton beat #2 Iowa State 58-57.
2001 NCAA Tournament first round: #15 Hampton beat #2 Iowa State 58-57.

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.

Dan SchalkBasketballNCAABNews 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...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?