After the South, West and Midwest brackets were announced Sunday night, none of our three area tournament teams had had their name called on the CBS Selection Show.
Naturally, Villanova, St. Joe's and Delaware are all in the same region. And Villanova and St. Joe's are in the same building.
No. 10 St. Joe's will be in Buffalo, N.Y., taking on No. 7 UConn at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday. Immediately thereafter, No. 2 Villanova gets No. 15 Milwaukee. In the event the Hawks and Wildcats both win Thursday, we'll have a NCAA tournament edition of the Holy War on Saturday.
Watching the selection show from his team's hotel in Brooklyn, Phil Martelli was already contemplating travel:
Martelli re Buffalo: "I'll call Jay Wright. I'm sure they're flying whatever the biggest plane is ... A 797. Maybe we can sit in the back. "
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) March 16, 2014
Jay Wright laughs at Martelli's quip that SJU will ride w Nova. "He's a trip. It's all good. Tell him we'll take him. It's all about Philly"
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) March 16, 2014
Meanwhile, Delaware will be heading out to Spokane, Wash. They tip with No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday at 4:40 p.m. Take it away head coach Monte Ross:
“They defend you from the time you get off the bus,” Ross said of the mighty Spartans, one of the country’s premier basketball programs.
But then he paused for a moment, turned to the crowd, and confidently declared: “But we score from the time we get off the bus.”
In case you missed it, Phil Martelli's grandson was the real winner Sunday: