There are 345 Division 1 Basketball teams. This year, 3 were involved in fights. 2 of those teams fought each other and 1 fought a team in Asia. All 3 made the NCAA tournament. All 3 won at least one game in this year’s tournament and two of them were in the Sweet 16. This got me thinking – should coaches encourage their teams to fight?
Cincinnati was one of these teams – prior to fighting Xavier, they lost to a school called Presbyterian. A team that finished 14-15 in the Big South Conference. I’m pretty sure even the Pepperdine Waves could go 14-15 in the Big South Conference. Regardless, Cincy got their asses kicked by Xavier on the court and decided that they should fight them.
Xavier might have won the game but Cincinnati definitely won the fight. You can see one of their guys drop a Xavier guy which the announcers slow down and talk about…but what about the guy straight hood stomping people on the floor? That is some messed up shit. This fight definitely helped turn around Cincinnati’s season and in my opinion helped them make it to the Sweet 16 before losing to Ohio State. Not bad for a team that lost to Presbyterian.
Its not like the NCAA really cares – all they guys from Cincinnati got was a few games suspension and they were all allowed to play in the post season. So why aren’t more coaches doing it? One coach, John Thompson III tried an approach but it wasn’t as effective. His team only won one game in the tournament.
So where did Georgetown go wrong? Why weren’t they in the Sweet 16. They fought a team from China…