March. Madness. Is. Back.
The 2018 iteration of the NCAA Tournament officially kicks off Thursday morning; yes, I know the First Four games are already in process, but I’m talking about the final field of 64.
Whether you’re a diehard college hoops fan, or you just like filling out a bracket for kicks, the Madness will be the talk of the town for the better part of the next month – the next two weeks in particular.
Like many of you, the Silver and Black will have a rooting interest in the tournament, and with 24 players represented by 16 schools, the Raiders alma maters will be represented in mass.
Let’s take a look at which player’s schools are involved in the tournament, and you can decide for yourself who you think is headed to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
**UCLA lost to St. Bonaventure in the First Four round Tuesday night, but since they technically made the tournament, they’re included in this list. *
Wide receiver Amari Cooper
Defensive back Shaquille Richardson
Guard Denver Kirkland
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher
Defensive back Tevin Mitchel
Defensive end Khalil Mack
Wide receiver Johnny Holton
Tackle David Sharpe
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.
Center Rodney Hudson
Cornerback Dexter McDonald
Offensive lineman Jon Feliciano
Tight end Clive Walford
Quarterback Connor Cook
Linebacker Shilique Calhoun
Running back Elijah Hood
Cornerback Gareon Conley
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson
Center James Stone
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree
Running back DeAndré Washington
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes
Linebacker Bruce Irvin
Safety Karl Joseph