March Sadness

By: Courtney Rochon
By: Courtney Rochon

Courtney blogs about her bad bracket picks and her best college basketball memory!


My three NCAA basketball brackets are finished, therefore, I'm ready for the tournament to end. I had Louisville winning in two brackets and my alma mater, Syracuse, winning in one.

I had high hopes for Syracuse this year. They were on fire during the Big East Tournament and I really thought they had a shot at the Final Four this year.

Alas, they fell short and I'm left reminiscing about my greatest sports memory to date.. the Syracuse basketball team winning the NCAA Championship in 2003.

I was a sophomore at Syracuse University at the time. They had an amazing basketball team thanks to Carmello Anthony, Jerry McNamara, and Hakim Warrick. I'll fast forward through most of the tournament and bring you to one, amazing night.

The Syracuse Orangemen (that's before the politically correct police removed Otto the Orange's gender) were playing the Kansas Jayhawks. Everyone on campus congregated in the Carrier Dome to watch the game on jumbotrons.

The game came down to the final seconds and Syracuse prevailed. Everyone was jumping up and down the bleachers going nuts. All of the students ran down this hill from the Dome to Marshall Street (Syracuse University's version of Court Street in Athens). It was a stampede. It turned into a mild riot (a few tree's didn't survive the night), but all in all, it was just a crazy night I will never forget.

I had bragging rights for the next year, and have been hoping ever since for another spectacular season. I've had no luck so far, but I'm just glad I got to go through that experience as a student. It's one of my best memories from college!

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