In 2021, we had Oral Roberts. In 2022 we had Sant Pere. And in 2023, we have (at least) Princeton.
The Tigers dismantled Missouri on Saturday to become the third straight No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, and the second straight team to come from New Jersey.
Even more emotionally, Princeton did so in the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament held following the death of legendary former head coach Pete Carril in August 2022. Current Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson , was a Carril player when the Tigers upset the no. 2 UCLA as a No. 15 seed in 1997.
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But now Henderson has taken the Tigers even further into the modern edition of March Madness than even the legendary Carril, and guard Blake Peters summed it up best after the game, channeling his inner Kevin Garnett.
Meanwhile, social media had a lot of fun celebrating another New Jersey Cinderella team. They could soon be joined by No. 16-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson if the Knights can beat Florida Atlantic on Sunday after knocking off No. 1 Purdue on Friday.
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