The first “real” day of this year’s NCAA Tournament — we will never count those play-in games — was one of the best single-day sequences in March Madness history. For the first time ever, five games in one day were decided by one point, and get this: If we do include those annoying play-in games, then through the opening Thursday, we had six games decided by one point or less. The most all time is seven — for the ENTIRE TOURNEY. That’s crazy.
However, there was no doubting which of those games took center stage. That would have to be Georgia State’s miraculous come-from-behind upset of No. 3 seed Baylor, spearheaded as it was by the father/son combo of coach Ron Hunter and star player R.J. Hunter. You know the play we’re talking about. Down two and already on a 10-0 run, Hunter pulled up from 30 feet and canned a game-winning triple in the closing seconds, only to make his father fall out of his chair, literally. The elder Hunter had torn his left Achilles tendon celebrating Georgia State winning the Sun Belt Conference championship and was coaching on a stool, and the ensuing Vine of the big shot sent shockwaves around social media.
It was an epic moment, something special, the type of thing you’ll get only in March Madness.
In other avenues outside of the Madness, we saw famed sneaker painter Mache hook up Ray Allen with one of the sickest Air Jordana XIII customizations ever, and also tuned in to see how new Dallas Maverick Rajon Rondo is getting along with his new coach. Hint: They are doing a lot better.
In this week’s edition of Style Points: Georgia State’s Father/Son Combo; Willie Cauley-Stein Rocks Custom Air Jordan 11 Sneakers.
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