March Madness isn’t just about the blue bloods of college basketball.
Part of the joy of the tournament each year comes from discovering schools that you never knew existed and falling in love with them for three-to-four days (sometimes longer) before they succumb to higher-seeded, more talented foes.
With that sentiment in mind, meet the Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn Blackbirds, the No. 16 seed in the West region of this year’s NCAA tournament.
A tall task awaits LIU Brooklyn in Columbus, Ohio, where they take on a perennial title contender in Michigan State. But dismissing the Blackbirds as just another No. 16 seed that will get trucked in the first round would be disrespectful.
LIU Brooklyn has won 52 games and consecutive Northeast Conference titles the past two seasons and owns a 27-game home winning streak—second in Division I only to Kentucky.
So why should the Blackbirds be your March Madness darlings this year?