I have a college friend who lives in Washington State. He mentioned to me the other day that Western Washington University was playing for the Division II National Basketball Championship. I told him I would give Western some love if it won.
Well, on national TV Saturday, Western Washington won its first ever men’s basketball title with a 72-65 victory over Montevallo.
It’s always interesting to do a little research on teams I know nothing about.
This was Western’s first national title game. The Bellingham, Washington school played in the 2001 National Semifinals. Coach Brad Jackson has led his team to 19 post season appearances on both the NAIA and NCAA levels. Jackson just completed his 27th season at the school.
Men’s basketball is obviously extremely important and successful at this Great Northwest Athletic Conference institution.
As its website declared, Western is now on the map. Even if it is far, far away on the left coast says this Iowa guy.