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Renetria Drake Is A Hilltopper Fan, I Think

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on March 24, 2008

Four days ago, I wrote a column about how my big sister’s imparting wisdom served as the backdrop for several teams that made the Big Dance.

Little did I know that as the school year resumed in North Highland Park and the Tigers survived a horrible day at the charity stripe against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, that Western Kentucky, Villanova, and West Virginia would all be in the Sweet Sixteen as well as Davidson College, a school that until last week hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1969.

When everyone least expected it.

Western Kentucky’s run to the round of 16, the first run for the Hilltoppers since 1993, was not something anyone expected from the pride of Bowling Green.

They had to take fifth-seeded Drake to overtime until Ty Rogers joined Bryce Drew as a fixture on NCAA Tournament highlight reels by hitting a 26-footer to send the Hilltoppers to the second round, their first such trip since 1995.

And then two days later on the same floor, the Hilltoppers nearly blew a huge lead against fellow Cinderella San Diego but managed to survive with a 72-63 win behind the play of Courtney Lee, who will without a shadow of doubt receive some All-American honors from various publications and Tyrone Brazleton to head to Phoenix and a date with top-seeded UCLA.

When everyone least expected it.

Little Davidson College, a school that last won a Tournament game in the year that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, a school that had the longest winning streak in the country entering the tournament, had to mount two unexpected comebacks to make everything go sort of smoothly in my bracket against Georgetown and Gonzaga behind the play of Stephon Curry (Dell’s son) in the second half to make their first trip to the round of 16 in 39 years.

When everyone in Washington, D.C. least expected it.

As we head into the second weekend of the tournament, which will begin on Thursday night with Louisville and Tennessee being the headliners in these parts, the next unexpected story from March Madness is waiting to be written.

And my big sister is somewhere hobnobbing with Trey Songz and other R&B celebs in this town.

Lucky her.

She probably didn’t think her little brother and a group of friends would come up with a sports blog that is now the talk of the Southeast.

Then again, she probably called it.


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