Hamilton’s Seminoles knocked off top-seeded Xavier on Sunday, 75-70, to lock in a Candy 16 subject that options solely two No. 1 seeds for the fourth time since 1979.
That upset, together with a exceptional quantity of others in the course of the match’s first weekend, proves to Hamilton that seeding, recruiting rankings and convention membership do not matter as soon as the match begins.
“I believe what you see occurring in school basketball, it is virtually like a revolution,” he stated. “What occurs is, you begin categorizing individuals by the status that their gamers get going into school. However in actuality, youngsters are taking part in basketball all around the nation and groups are getting higher. Simply because possibly they may not be in a single explicit convention or possibly they are not thought-about to be one of many extra conventional wealthy colleges, individuals are taking part in basketball.”
Hamilton wouldn’t go as far to say he had a extra proficient group than Xavier, which misplaced solely 5 video games all season, however he did say “we have been a lot better than Xavier within the final 2 half of minutes of the sport. Typically when the video games are shut, that is all that is essential.”
Come Thursday, No. three Michigan would be the highest-seeded group taking part in on that day. Different video games function No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, No. 9 Kansas State and Hamilton’s ninth-seeded Seminoles.
Friday’s slate is extra normal with two No. 1 seeds (Kansas and Villanova), two No. 2 seeds (Duke and Purdue) and No. three Texas Tech. Nevertheless, No. 11 Syracuse has an opportunity to go from the ultimate group within the subject to an Elite Eight participant.