George Mason Makes History
And the RCA Dome was where they were heading. With the famed former home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts now but a distant memory, here is the game that vaulted them into an elite class where mid-majors successfully climbed towards the pinnacle of claiming college basketball’s national title.
Standing in their way was the top seed Connecticut Huskies, who won their prior three tournament games by double figures. Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery had the call from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC for the East Regional Final:
As we all know, the dream died six days later–thanks to Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and the rest of the Florida Gators. George Mason became at that time, only the second school in 20 years (LSU was the first in 1986) to have an 11 seed reach the Final Four. That accomplishment of course would be equaled a few years later.
With this being my last NCAA Tournament flashback for yet another year, I hope you get the chance to purchase this DVD so you can see the three games from Indianapolis in their entirety without commercials or endless promos for CBS primetime shows of the era, such as CSI: Miami or The New Adventures of Old Christine. Even Jim Nantz gives some very nice recaps of every round and key emphasis on the Final Four itself.
Below this cover image of the DVD are two links where you can purchase a copy.
Please have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend.