For the first time ever, Ohio has four basketball teams that are proceeding to the Sweet Sixteen: Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University. Ohio has more teams competing in the next round of the tournament than any other state.
“I am really proud to live in Ohio,” junior Jacob Lind said. “Having four teams make it to the Sweet Sixteen is a big deal.”
All around Ohio everyone cheers on their favorite team, including McNicholas students.
“I want Ohio University to win because they are the underdog,” junior Sam Becker said.
Ohio University ended their season with a 29-7 record, earning them a no. 13 seed. They have not made it to the Sweet Sixteen since 1964. OU’s next game is on Mar. 23 at 7:47 p.m. against no. 1 ranked University of North Carolina.
Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati have only played each other ten times in history. Two of these times included them playing back to back against each other in the 1961 and 1962 NCAA tournament championship.
This is the first time since 2006 that these two Ohio teams are facing each other. Seeded no. 2, OSU plays no. 6 seed UC at Mar. 22 at 9:45 p.m. Many people are excited for this rare occasion of OSU playing UC.
“I am pumped to see Ohio State play UC, especially since I can’t remember the last time they played [each other],” freshman Grant Stegman said. “I am a UC fan, except when they are playing OSU.”
Xavier University has made it to the Sweet Sixteen four out of the last five years of the NCAA tournament. XU, with a record of 23-12 in the Atlantic Ten, received a no. 10 seed. They have beat Notre Dame and Lehigh, giving them the opportunity to move on in the tournament.
“Xavier played good during their regular season until the fight that happened against UC, but they have really stepped up their game during the tournament,” sophomore Grady Garrison said. “I think they have a chance to win this next game.” XU will be playing no. 3 ranked Baylor on Mar. 23 at 7:15 p.m.