Monday, March 17, 2008

Oh My God, We Made The Dance!

I don't know how it happened, but my alma mater is playing in the NCAA Tournament, and they're seeded 11th! Whoo hoo!

Saint Joseph's Earns 2008 NCAA Tournament At-Large Bid

11th-Seeded Hawks to face 6th-seeded Oklahoma Sooners

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's has earned an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and will play Oklahoma in the East Region at Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, March 21 at the BJCC Arena.

The Hawks own a 21-12 record and finished as the runner-up in the Atlantic 10 Championship, falling to city rival Temple in the title game, 69-64, on Saturday evening.

The Sooners are 22-11 and lost in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship to Texas, 77-49, on Saturday.

Saint Joseph's is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004, when the Hawks reached the Elite Eight, and fell to Oklahoma State, 64-62, in the East Regional Final. It marks the 18th appearance in school history, with the Hawks owning an all-time record of 15-21 in NCAA Tournament games. Phil Martelli owns a 6-4 record in NCAA play. (H/T - SJU)

I am very grateful that SJU earned an at-large bid, but am also realistic of their chances against a very good Oklahoma team. The Sooners are good, but our guys will be ready for them.

You hear that, hillbilly boys? The Hawks are coming to get ya!

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