Will This Be a Jesuit Year in College Basketball?

basketballWe have a Jesuit pope. Is this the year for a Jesuit NCAA basketball champion? It hasn’t happened since 1977, when Al McGuire’s Marquette team took the title. But this year’s tournament has the strongest lineup of Jesuit schools in years. It includes a #1 seed (Gonzaga), a #2 (Georgetown), and a #3 (Marquette). The other Jesuit teams are St. Louis (4 seed) and Creighton (7).

I think I’ll fill out a bracket with a Final Four of St. Louis, Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Marquette. Marquette beats St. Louis in double overtime to win the championship. I know–it’s very unlikely, but a Jesuit pope was unlikely too.

The tournament starts today.

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Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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6 Comments on Will This Be a Jesuit Year in College Basketball?

  1. Pardon me, but didn’t the Hoyas win it all in 1984? Also, let’s not forget the 2012 national champions in Men’s Lacrosse, Loyola Baltimore.

    • Jim Manney // March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am // Reply

      Yes, Matt–an embarrassing mistake. Apologies to all Hoya fans and fans of accuracy in blog media.

  2. Actually, Georgetown won the NCAA tournament more recently than that – 1984! It’s no secret who I’ll be cheering for, but I’ll be happy for the success of any Jesuit team!

  3. Tim Muldoon // March 21, 2013 at 9:20 am // Reply

    Forget basketball. Pay attention to hockey, where my Boston College Eagles have won three national championships in five years! Who can top that in any sport? Go Jerry York!

  4. Elia Palmieri // March 21, 2013 at 11:29 am // Reply

    Go Billikens !! Surprise everyone with a victory !!

    My daughter – Lauren Palmieri – Class of 2010

    • Jim Manney // March 22, 2013 at 9:54 am // Reply

      The Billikins, Zags, and Marquette won yesterday. (Marquette at the last second.) Creighton and Georgetown are up today. Go Jesuits!

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