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GW and Virginia Earn Last-Second Wins

GW wins, Cal loses. (AP Photo)

As long as we're still writing under the "your blogging home for postseason college hoops" logo, might as well mention two entirely dramatic last-minute college hoops victories for local squads.

First the GW women, and I have to say that as amazing as the Colonials' last-second win was, it was dwarfed in my mind after I visited the GW message board, hoping to read post-game reaction, and instead became drawn into an unrelated identity crisis. Over the past year, two argumentative GW fans--one pro-athletic department and one a constant critic--had nearly ruined the board with a series of increasingly caustic disagreements, and now it turns out that the two people ARE ONE AND THE SAME. Seriously, this is way beyond Psycho. I literally had trouble sleeping last night.

Anyhow, the GW women rated a headline on The Daily Fix after their last-second airball put-back gave them an upset over third-seeded Cal in Northern California. GW had been down seven with four minutes left, and down four with two minutes left. Video highlights here. The Cal coach said the loss was based on a missed call, while GW Coach Joe McKeown called it "one of the great games in GW history." The Colonials move on to face Rutgers in Greensboro.

Meantime, the Virginia men, striving to become the first team in world history to claim a CBI championship, also got a miracle last-second win when Sean Singletary went for eight points in 25 seconds. A columnist called it one of the most dramatic moments in Cavaliers history, while another writer compared him to Bruce Springsteen.

Virginia will host Bradley in the CBI semis tomorrow night, and is now three wins away from a postseason title. (Yeah, three wins. Don't ask.) So is Virginia Tech, which advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. A win against Ole Miss tomorrow night, and the Hokies are headed to MSG. We could still wind up with three local college basketball champions, and the Cavs and Hokies are at least making the Atlantic 11 March Challenge interesting.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2008; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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GW has a great coach and hard working team. they deserve all the props. too bad they didn't get dook next instead of such a tuff nj test. every ACC coach ought to be at Singletary's graduation just to be sure he's gone... i'm a terp who enjoys good bb

Posted by: devans | March 25, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Great win for the GW women's program. We are very, very proud of them!

Posted by: Go GW | March 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Great win for the GW women's program. We are very, very proud of them!

Posted by: Go GW | March 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

That brief mention of VT was still longer than the four-letter networks highlights. Ole Miss tomorrow night should be another fun night in Blacksburg. These NIT games(and general admission) have really brought a new energy to VT hoops that hasn't been around for at least a decade.

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Buff!

But I'm not sure I believe Blue Seats and Mailvan are the same person though, I think they're both not so good with the internets so they use AOL, which would give them the same IP. Who knows though. They are a source of endless hilarity/frustration.

Posted by: Andrew from Colonial Hoops | March 25, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for the GW coverage - you are true Buff and Blue class!

Posted by: LoyalColonial | March 26, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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