Of all the sporting events in America, none may be as exciting as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – there are 68 teams and single elimination. The kids are still in college, and the game is still (semi) pure. Cinderella, Dickie V, March Madness, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four.
This year both the Elite 8 and Final 4 were being played in Texas, and I jumped at the chance to go. Unfortunately, my alma mater, SDSU, was eliminated by Julie’s hometown UConn Huskies.
Nonetheless, I was excited to make it to San Antonio for my first tournament game, and this one was between David and Goliath. The #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks, and the #11 seed VCU Rams, with a chance to go to the Final 4.
As the top seed, Jayhawks fans bought tickets to San Antonio ahead of time.
The Rams fans had to buy tickets at the stadium before the game.
The calm before the big game.
The mascots have a stare down.
The Jayhawks get ready in pregame.
The final stop on the road to the Final Four.
Shaka Smart calmly watches as his world changes before his eyes.
The game gets underway.
Kansas is the obvious favorite and had about five times the amount of fans in the arena.
The Jayhawks just looked like a more dominant team.
But, early on Bill Self and the Jayhawks had to worry about the upstart Rams.
Shaka Smart was so into the game, he was basically a sixth man running up and down the side.
The Rams fans knew tonight might be their night.
The Rams had a tough road, but were up to the challenge.
Kansas fans couldn’t believe they were losing to an #11 seed.
David takes down Goliath. The VCU Rams beat the Kansas Jayhawks, and advance to the Final Four.
Yes, it’s true, the Rams are going to the Final Four.
This fan couldn’t keep her feelings in as she screamed at the top of her lungs.
Shaka Smart cuts down his well deserved net.
The VCU Rams advance to the Final Four to take on another Cinderella, the Butler Bulldogs.