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Princeton MBB Advances to Sweet 16 as Penn Prepares for Tough Matchup vs. Make-A-Wish Foundation


Photo Credit // Anna Vazhaeparambil

BIRMINGHAM, AL – For just the third time in March Madness history, a 15 seed has made it to the sweet sixteen. Princeton took down the University of Arizona, who many projected to win the national title, before handedly defeating another formidable opponent in the University of Missouri. Next up is a tough, but not clearly not impossible, game versus Creighton in Louisville. Jokes aside for a second, let’s tip our cap to our neighbors to the Northeast. My roommate is from Princeton, and I usually take NJ Transit to New York out of Princeton Junction, so this one hits close to home for me. I am proud, I am in awe, and I am above all else happy. Those games were electric. 

Now, as the class of the Ivy League hops on a flight to Louisville, our beloved Quakers hunker down at the Palestra in anticipation of their toughest matchup of the year. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has put together their best team in decades, with several players having used their wishes for basketball lessons from pro stars such as Michael Jordan, Devin Booker, and Blake Griffin. Their star and consensus first-round NBA draft pick, James McNair, stands an imposing 6 feet 7 inches. His dynamic guard play, coupled with the length and quickness of Mantis Gerber, who has Marfan Syndrome and is measured at 7 feet 4 inches, means the Quakers will have to bring their A-Game.

All that’s left for Penn Basketball is to show the world that they aren’t afraid of beating up on the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Maybe with this notable W under their belt, they can make a run at the Ivy Leagues next year. From there, as the Tigers have shown us this year, anything is possible.