March Madness

Today I want to write about UNC Asheville’s awesome season of Bulldogs basketball. Although I am not the biggest fan of basketball (after a disappointing stint on the junior varsity basketball team in high school I must admit that I never looked back), even I realize that what our men’s team has accomplished this season has been really special.

Beginning, perhaps, with John Williams’ incredible slam-dunk video sensation, the Bulldogs have maintained a fairly steady stream of media coverage, and have not disappointed fans (or opponents for that matter). From being presented with the key to the City of Asheville to earning a spot in the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years, the Bulldogs have kept fans on the edges of their seats, and made them proud.

When I attended the viewing party for the first game of the tournament, the tension and excitement was tangible as our Bulldogs went into overtime for a fantastic victory. Even our bulldog Rocky was present to support the team! Although the Bulldogs did not advance past the next round of the tournament, we have achieved so much. When the school welcomed the team back from Washington, DC last week, it was with pride and excitement, not disappointment.

It’s been a great season for the Bulldogs and the UNC Asheville family. Following and supporting the ups and downs of our team has brought together students, faculty, and the greater Asheville community, and I know we can expect even greater things from them in the future.

If you haven’t seen pictures or videos of the season yet, check out the media below for highlights of the Bulldogs season and NCAA experience.

John Williams' incredible dunk



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