For many sports fans, March is their favourite month. Why? The Tournament! It is definitely unique and always enthralling. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off on Thursday and as per usual, there will be upsets, buzzer beaters, and magical moments that will bet etched in our memory banks forever. (Also some bad Jim Nantz puns but that’s another story.)
I fell in love with the tournament back in 1990 when Loyola Marymount made a Cinderella run to the Elite 8. Their star player Hank Gathers tragically passed away during a game just weeks before the tourney. The rest of the players decided to play on and dedicated their tournament run to the memory of Gathers, who was touted as a lottery pick in the NBA draft that same year. Bo Kimble, who was Gathers’ roommate shot all of his free throws left-handed in memory of Gathers and made every left-handed free throw. The Lions made it to the Elite 8 before losing to UNLV, the eventual National Champions.