Brooklyn’s Blackbirds Invited to the Dance

While Brooklyn Heights’ own St. Francis Terriers, coming off a disappointing 15-15 season, didn’t make the cut, nearby Long Island University’s Blackbirds are one of the 68 teams invited to participate in this year’s March Madness, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

New York Times: Now, L.I.U.-Brooklyn has jumped on the express to new heights. The university, by winning its conference championship, earned one of 68 bids to the N.C.A.A. Men’s Basketball Tournament. This Friday in Charlotte, N.C., it will play a polar opposite in school spirit, campus acreage and basketball tradition: the University of North Carolina.

The Blackbirds will tip off against the Tarheels at 7:15 p.m. this Friday, March 18, in Charlotte. The game will be televised on CBS. Thanks to The Rev. Nell Archer, of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, for tipping us off to this.

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  • T.K. Small

    As a Long Island University graduate, I am excited for the school, although I am realistic about the chances of victory. In 1987 I transferred to LIU after attending SUNY Albany and at first I didn’t think too much of the school, but shortly I realized this was a great location for me. The classes were much smaller and the professors were quite good.

    But for me personally, the most attractive part of the school was its long-standing connection of the school to the disability rights movement. On the East Coast, LIU I had one of the best reputations for meeting the needs of students with disabilities. In fact, one of the primary founders of the entire disability rights movement is an LIU graduate and, I believe is part of the Obama administration.