For four days this weekend, UTSA played host to the Southwest Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
In an event popularly known as the Sweet 16, four teams came to San Antonio, all with one goal in mind: to win the Southwest Regional title and hop on I-10 to Houston for the Final Four.
The competitors in the Southwest Region were the number one seed Kansas Jayhawks, the number 10 seed Florida State Seminoles, the number 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) Rams and the number 12 seed Richmond Spiders.
There was excitement all around the building as the Rams and Spiders both hailed from Richmond, Virginia.
In the first semifinal, the number one seed Jayhawks took on the Spiders in a game that had all the excitment of a pre-school nap.
The Jayhawks ended any hope of an all-Richmond city championship and ran off with the win, though those in attendance were serenaded with the famous “Rock Chalk KU” chant as the clock wound down.
Although the first semifinal fell short in excitement, the second semifinal between VCU and Florida State more than made up for it as the Rams and Seminoles played a nail-biter that came down to the wire.
Twice, Florida State had a chance to win the game, but a missed shot at the end of regulation forced overtime, and a missed shot in the overtime allowed the Rams to advance to their first-ever Elite-Eight appearance.
Sunday’s Regional Final saw Goliath (Kansas) facing off against David (VCU). Like David, VCU slew its Goliath in a game that was close only a few times. Kansas jumped out and looked ready to book a spot in Houston, but VCU took the lumps and came back with a vengance.
Playing for Richmond and underdog lovers everywhere, VCU jumped on Kansas and went into the halftime break up 14 points.
Kansas would try to mount comebacks in the second half, but each time VCU would do enough to hold off the Jayhawks.