The Ducks and Gamecocks Make March Madness History

TRELLO (1)March Madness has proved to be a month of upsets and Cinderella stories, as the tournament moves into the Final Four. The women’s bracket will continue as expected. While the brilliant 110-0 UConn women’s team has been outplaying every team they have come across for years now; the men’s bracket is filled with uncertainty. For the first time in program history the seventh seeded South Carolina Gamecocks have reached the Final Four. In addition, the Oregon Ducks defeated a Kentucky roster, that overflowed with talent and promise, to travel deeper into the bracket than they have since 1939.

The Duck's Run

The women Ducks deserve as much credit and attention as their male counterparts. As the tenth seeded team, they have followed up every upset with another to reach the Elite 8. Today their shocking and historic run has ended with a loss to the constantly perfect Huskies. With 2622766783_aba0f176d3_bthat loss, Oregon has diverted its attention to the men’s squad. Next, they will face off against the top seeded and five time champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. This Saturday, the Ducks,
who have proved themselves to be the
underdog story of the month, will play North Carolina, a team who have their sights set on the trophy that was stolen from them in last year’s stunning conclusion.

South Carolina's Impressive Trip

Before the Ducks go up against the Tar Heels; South Carolina will try to continue their South_Carolina_Gamecocks_Block_C_logo.svgimprobable run to the finals by defeating Gonzaga. The Gamecocks have previously beaten a slew of highly seeded teams. They toppled the second seeded Duke Blue Devils, the third seeded Baylor Bears and the fourth seeded Florida Gators thanks to the excellence with which their guard Sindarius Thornwell has played.

For two teams, this month has been so historic that while losing this late in the bracket would be disappointing, the depth of South Carolina and Oregon’s respective runs is an achievement in itself. This weekend will determine if the grit of these two underdogs is enough to topple the experience and poise of the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs.