Washington may be the nation’s capital, but when it comes to college basketball, the District is Loserville.
As March Madness grips the country in the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Washington area teams are noticeably absent from the bracket-busting hype.
The Fix’s beloved Georgetown Hoyas failed to make the Big Dance after a defeat at the hands of DePaul (ugh!) in the Big East tournament that capped a decidedly disappointing season. One upside of the Hoyas not making the tournament: No need to brace for the soul-crushing first-round upset at the hands of Florida Gulf Coast/Ohio/VCU.
Maryland hoops did no better, closing the season with a 17-15 record that included an out-with-a-whimper-not-with-a-bang loss to Florida State in the Terps’ final ACC tournament.
American University did better, winning the Patriot League — while holding the Boston University Terriers to just 36 points — and earning a spot in the NCAA tournament. But, paired against Wisconsin in the first round, the wheels fell off. Down by just 10 at halftime, the Eagles lost 75-35 . Ouch.
D.C. basketball fans were left with a single team to rest their hopes on: the George Washington Colonials. GW was set to face off against the Memphis Tigers on Friday night. But even the top hoops fan in Washington wasn’t putting much faith in their chances; in his bracket, President Obama picked Memphis .
Washington basketball, for being a snoozer during the most exciting time of the year, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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