Good afternoon, 12s and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a look at what's out there today – Wednesday, March 17 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
The Big Dance Is Back
Filling out your bracket and wondering who your Seahawks might be rooting for during March Madness? After a year off for the NCAA Tournament, it's finally that time of year again. And with the First Four games tipping off tomorrow and First Round action starting Friday, over 20 Seahawks will see their schools take the first step towards a trip to the Final Four.
Let's start with the trio out of Texas. Quandre Diggs, Poona Ford, and Michael Dickson all had standout careers in Austin and now will see if the Big 12 Tournament Champion Longhorns can continue their run into April.
Also well represented amongst the Seahawks is LSU, the alma mater of Jamal Adams, Damien Lewis, and Ethan Pocic who were All-Americans as Tigers.
Russell Wilson's Wisconsin Badgers have been regulars in the Big Dance, but this year's March Madness is extra special for the Wilson family. Wilson's sister, Anna Wilson, will look to take her team, the No. 1 overall seed Stanford Cardinal, all the way in the NCAA Women's Tournament tipping off Sunday. On Mar. 7, Wilson was there to support his sister as Stanford won the PAC-12 Tournament Championship 75-55 over UCLA.
This year's bracket also brings some friendly competition amongst the Seahawks as their schools go head-to-head.
In the South Region, we have a showdown between linebackers. Bobby Wagner's No. 11 seeded Utah State Aggies will look for the upset over Jordyn Brooks' No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders. Meanwhile, No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech will pin Freddie Swain vs. Duane Brown and No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 Syracuse will be Rashaad Penny vs. Alton Robinson.
So who will cut down the nets in April? Jarran Reed won the College Football Playoff National Championship with Alabama in 2015 – could his No. 2 seeded Crimson Tide now add a title in basketball? West Virginia last made the Final Four in 2010, could this be the year Bruce Irvin and Geno Smith are celebrating a Mountaineers' title? The magic of March is it could be anyone's game, so it's time to sit back and enjoy the ride.
For a full list of Seahawks ties to March Madness, here is a look at players with schools represented this year as we go through the men's tournament bracket:
Rasheem Green, Jordan Simmons – USC (No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Wichita State/Drake)
Ugo Amadi – Oregon (No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 VCU)
Lano Hill, Bryan Mone – Michigan (No. 1 seed vs. No. 16 Mt. St Mary's/Texas Southern)
Jamal Adams, Damien Lewis, Ethan Pocic – LSU (No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 St. Bonaventure)
Quandre Diggs, Poona Ford, Michael Dickson – Texas (No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 Abilene Christian)
Jarran Reed – Alabama (No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 Iona)
Kyle Fuller – Baylor (No. 1 seed vs. No. 16 Hartford)
Russell Wilson – Wisconsin (No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 North Carolina)
Jordyn Brooks – Texas Tech (No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Utah State)
Bobby Wagner – Utah State (No. 11 seed vs. No. 6 Texas Tech)
Alex Collins – Arkansas (No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 Colgate)
Freddie Swain – Florida (No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech)
Duane Brown – Virginia Tech (No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 Florida)
Jamarco Jones – Ohio State (No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts)
Darrell Taylor – Tennessee (No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 Oregon State)
Chris Carson, Tre Flowers – Oklahoma State (No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 Liberty)
Rashaad Penny – San Diego State (No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Syracuse)
Alton Robinson – Syracuse (No. 11 seed vs. No 6 SDSU)
Bruce Irvin, Geno Smith – West Virginia (No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 Morehead State)
Social Post Of The Day
Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from the @LumenField Twitter account, lighting up the Seattle skyline green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
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