3.16.12 – NCAA Tournament: Ohio University vs. University of Michigan

This past week I had the opportunity to shoot my first NCAA Tournament game when OU took on regular season Big 10 co-champs Michigan in the second round (the round of 64) of the tourney in Nashville. Chances are if you’re reading this you know how the story goes… the 13th seeded Ohio Bobcats match up well against the smallish 4th seeded Michigan Wolverines and use their stifling defense to quiet the Wolverines shooting and pull off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, with the help of a big game from star point guard D.J. Cooper.

The opening round proved to be just as crazy as I anticipated, though having a nagging flu, a few equipment issues, and some major time crunches added to the stress I was already experiencing covering my first tournament.

But at the end of the day even though the lights are brighter, the crowds are bigger, and there’s more photographers and tv crews, it’s still just a basketball game, and having essentially shot nothing but basketball for the last 4 or 5 months I was able to deal with those stresses easily and keep my head above water.

Of course the night was made all the sweeter by the Bobcats pulling off the upset, and it was great to see a team I’ve covered so closely all year pull off the major upset in the national spotlight. This was really a tough team and they showed that even more coming down the stretch.

But of course this isn’t where the Cats’ story ends. I’ll have shots from OU’s next game against South Florida in the next couple of days.

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