MARCH MADNESS IS UPON US.
Basketball starts Tuesday, and it's officially the best time of the year.
-In case you haven't heard (somehow), Virginia earned a one-seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament, their second one-seed in three years. The Hoos will open against the Hampton Pirates on Thursday around 3pm on TruTV. Cavalier fans might recognize the name Akim Mitchell on the Pirates' roster - he's Akil's little brother.
Congratulations to Coach Bennett and the Cavaliers for a season of incredible basketball. The one-seed was truly deserved. Six games left!
-Speaking of basketball...if you weren't convinced Tony Bennett was the best, he told Matt Norlander of CBS Sportsthat his favorite musical act/musician was - wait for it - Boyz II Men. For comparison, John Calipari said Train (?!).
I hope we never come to the end of the road, Coach.
-The No.26 Men's Golf team kicked off spring break with a solid outing at the Palmetto Invite, finishing in second place overall. Derek Bard led the Hoos, finishing in fifth place, while teammate Jimmy Stanger tied for sixth.
Stanger kept the ball rolling at the Hackler Championship, tying for first place as the Cavaliers came in second again (behind South Carolina..again!). The first place finish was the best of Stanger's career.
Next up, the Hoos will play in the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, GA.
-Former Virginia Football standout, Morgan Moses, won the NFL Ed Block Courage award for "displaying extraordinary courage in the face of adversity" as he battled an injury his rookie season. Congrats, Morgan!
-Third year Henry Wynne won the NCAA Championship in the mile, running a truly impressive 4:06.63. His first place finish helped the Hoos place eighth overall, their best finish in school history in the indoor event. Wynne led almost the entire race, getting passed a couple times by competitors as they tried to outgun the long-strided Wynne. The entire race is below, and well worth the watch. The interview at the end is excellent as well.
Congrats ya Wynne-r! That's approximately my 1/4 mile time, so I'm beyond impressed.