After their oh-no-they-didn’t first-round upset of Missouri, the Norfolk State Spartans became the darlings of the NCAA tournament, one of two 15-seeds to oust a 2-seed in the Big Dance on Friday. (Lehigh also beat Duke that night.) It was heartbreaking to see them fall to the Florida Gators on Sunday, but it was particularly rough for me, and for other alums of historically black colleges.
No shade to Lehigh folks, but I never heard of the Mountain Hawks before they toppled Duke on Friday. And I’m sure Lehigh is a fine program and all, but the Spartans were a particular kind of Cinderella. Think less well-known, 1950s Disney production and more like the 1997 made-for-TV version.