Thanks to its own administration’s decision to shut down football, UAB is a football school. The basketball team made it all that more official.
If you’re still looking for a rooting interest in the NCAA Tournament, now you have one.
No. 14 seed UAB upset Iowa State 60-59 for the first major upset of the Tournament, sending the Cyclones home and busting brackets all over the country. UAB was the first team to hold Iowa State to less than 60 points since Texas Tech on Jan. 23, 2013.
UAB lost its final two games of the regular season and entered the Conference USA tournament at 16-15. The Blazers, though, were up for the task against an Iowa State team that won 25 games and had a knack for second-half comebacks in recent games.
Here’s how UAB closed out the game:
UAB fans haven’t had much to cheer as the administration elected to shut down football just as the Blazers wrapped up their best season in 10 years.
If that’s not a reason to pull for UAB as it faces SMU or UCLA in the next round, maybe this will help: