The atmosphere in Moody Coliseum reverberated with excitement this morning as ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert congratulated members of the Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball teams who are both headed to the NCAA Tournament later this week.
“This is an amazing milestone for ACU,” Schubert said to students attending Monday Chapel. “This is so much bigger than about basketball. This is about a community of people who are working hard for excellence to take our story to a different level and a different stage.”
That stage, Schubert said, is one on which ACU can demonstrate “the kind of character and commitment we have as an institution and as a student body to be everything God has called us to be.”
Both teams earned Southland Conference automatic bids to the annual March Madness college basketball spectacle after winning their respective postseason tournament titles.
The men’s team will take on another Wildcat team – No. 2-seeded University of Kentucky – in the first round of the Midwest Regional Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida. Tipoff is 6:10 p.m. CST on CBS.
“I can guarantee you one thing,” head coach Joe Golding joked. “The Wildcats are going to win.”
The women will take on Big 12 women’s basketball powerhouse Baylor University, the Greensboro Regional’s No. 1 seed – and the NCAA Tournament’s overall top seed – Saturday at 4:30 CST in Waco.
“Every time we put on our ACU jerseys, we think about you,” women’s coach Julie Goodenough told the Chapel audience. “We feel very obligated to put a first-class program on the court because we know that we’re representing you, our ACU community.”