Three teams in Sweet 16

What has already been a rather sweet March has turned out to be perhaps the sweetest postseason ever for a Division I school.

A 79-69 upset win over No. 1 seed Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night put Boston College teams into the round of 16 in three different national tournaments.

Since the basketball tournaments expanded to 64 entrants in 1985, no school has ever sent its teams to all three of the respective Sweet Sixteens in the same season.

The women’s basketball team, seeded No. 8 in the Albuquerque Region, reached the regional semifinals in New Mexico, where they will face Utah on Saturday night.

BC is one of four schools to place both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Sweet Sixteen this year, joining Duke, Connecticut, and LSU.

The other Eagles on the hardwood, seeded No. 4 in the Minneapolis Region, will take on top-seed Villanova on Friday.

On the ice, BC and Michigan State are the only schools to place a team in both a hockey and basketball Sweet Sixteen this season.

BC hockey will head down the Mass. Pike to Worcester, where it will be the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Region of the 16-team NCAA Tournament.

These Eagles will be the first of the three squads to get underway, when they take on No. 2 Miami University in the round of 16 on Friday.


March 23, 2006