In 2018 the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (the Retrievers) the 16th seed in the NCAA tournament accomplished a feat never before seen in NCAA history. They defeated the overall number one seed, Virginia by 20 points. Though UMBC wasnít the Cinderella team everyone expected last year, they still made history. UMBC lost two days later to Kansas State.
Fast forward to last Friday, during the Crazy-eight leg of the 2019 NCAA tournament, when number five Auburn defeated the number one ranked University of North Carolina 97-80. Thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands brackets immediately blew up after Auburnís late stretch which gave them a well-cushioned lead and the win.
Social media blew up just as quickly as thousands of brackets from coast to coast, with talk about what Auburn accomplished. That of course was short-lived as the number two seed, Michigan State, eliminated the number one seed Duke, 75-73. If your bracket wasnít worthless after Auburns win it surely was after Dukeís loss.
So now the stage is set and the country now has its Final Four, with many wanting to see Auburn and Virginia Tech go head to head in the NCAA Championship. That, of course, may not have happened if the two number two seeds, Michigan State, and Texas Tech have anything to say about it.
In others sports the Colorado Rockies split wins with the Miami Marlins in opening weekend in Miami. Colorado won games one and two, and lost games three and four. This week the Rockies are still on the road-opening week of the MLB, to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series (results not available at time of press). The Colorado Rockies will be celebrating their home opener against division rivals the L.A. Dodgers this Friday at Coors Field in a three-game stretch that runs through Sunday evening.
The Denver Nuggets, lost on Monday night at Pepsi Center to the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets have been on pace with the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference; however, after Monday nights loss the Nuggets are now a full game behind Golden State.
The Colorado Avalanche advanced closer to the post-season with a win over the Arizona Coyotes Friday night at Pepsi Center. Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 in a close win that came down to a shoot-out. Colorado dropped their game on Monday to the St. Louis Blues.
The Avalanche have three remaining games, two at home with the Edmonton Oilers, Tuesday night, and the Winnipeg Jets, Thursday night, before heading out for the last game of the season in San Jose to face the Sharks. Colorado is clinging on to the last Wild Card spot.
The Colorado Rapids lost over the weekend at home to the Houston Dynamo 4-1. Despite the Rapids out-shooting Houston 2-1 they were unable to muster enough defense to stop Houstonís shots on goal. Colorado is currently ranked 9th in the Western Conference.
Reminder: the 2019 NFL Draft is just three weeks and some change away.