In his first season as head coach, Linc Darner led UWGB back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years with a 78-69 win over Wright State in the Horizon League tournament championship last night. All five starters scored in double figures for the Phoenix, who play an up and down style that just about anybody would find entertaining to watch.
This is obviously newsworthy just because it’s another local team making it to March Madness, but it’s also a big deal because of what Darner did to get them there. Clearly GB doesn’t have a bad team by any means, but this is far from the most talented roster they’ve had in recent memory. Guys like Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown have come and gone, but not since Tony Bennett have they made the Tournament. Plenty of people criticized that hiring when it first happened, but this is Darner’s moment to sit back and laugh, so you’ve gotta respect him for getting them there when nobody thought he was the right guy for the job.
Marquette now has the longest NCAA Tournament drought among D-I schools in Wisconsin.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) March 9, 2016