And we’re off.
Down 15 points with less than eight minutes to play, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forced Mississippi Valley State into turnovers, and also took advantage of some unforced errors, to advance to the real first-round of the NCAA Tournament, with a 59-58 victory.
The comeback was sealed with a T.J. Price's three-pointer with 19.5 seconds remaining:
With President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron in attendance, the teams did not play quality basketball, but a close and dramatic game did get the tournament off on the right foot.
Statistically, neither team did anything very well. WKU turned the ball over 27 times and MVSU allowed 21 offensive rebounds, but the game showed just how fun the NCAA Tournament can be.
Even the poorest of games can evoke excitement.
The Hilltoppers advance to play top-seeded Kentucky in the South Region, which will pit former high school teammates Derrick Gordon and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against one another. The duo starred at New Jersey’s St. Patricks.
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