HBCUs makes NCAA history in latest wins

By: Norman Dotson Jr../BNC Digital

Two HBCUs have made history in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.

Texas Southern University and Norfolk State University’s men basketball teams claimed victory when most didn’t believe they could.

Texas Southern defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 60-52, and Norfolk State squeezed a victory against  Appalachian State, 54-53.

According to HBCU Buzz, it was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and a team from the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) won games in the same tournament.

“Both MEAC and the SWAC are comprised entirely of HBCUs and there are no other HBCU teams in this year’s tournament and the two ‘swept their play-in games to advance to the coveted field of 64 teams,” HBCU Buzz reported.

Texas Southern’s victory also gave them the distinction of being the only team with multiple wins in the “First Four,” a term referring to the number of teams playing on the NCAA Tournament’s opening night for the chance to join the field of other teams.

Texas Southern will face off Saturday against the University of Michigan, a team that’s hovered in the top five all season. Norfolk State will play the undefeated, No. 1 ranked Gonzaga University.

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