NCAA Upset: Murray State Knocks Off Marquette In First Round
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
OK - now a story of real-life sports prophecy. Our own Tom Goldman was on the show yesterday, setting up the NCAA basketball tournament and possible upsets. And he gave us this little hint.
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TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Watch Murray State from the highly unheralded Ohio Valley Conference mainly because of one player. It is a super guard named Ja Morant.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
You called it, Tom. Number 12 seed Murray State - that's a pretty low seed, not one of the superstar teams - dominated number five seed Marquette. And March Madness has its newest star, according to TBS announcer Carter Blackburn.
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CARTER BLACKBURN: No screen - it's all Ja. Step back, Jack.
BLACKBURN: Oh, Ja.
MARTIN: It is all Ja. Ja Morant achieved a triple-double - double-digit scoring, assists and rebounds. It's been seven years since another player did that in the men's tournament.
INSKEEP: According to Sports Illustrated, Ja Morant's father stood up during the game's final seconds and shouted to the crowd, are you not entertained?
MARTIN: We are. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.