The madness of March is not exclusive to the so-called big boys of college basketball. While the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament's Final Four is still a couple weeks away, the NAIA's version is right here, right now.
Irvine's Concordia University has put together another remarkable season, going 19-1 to win the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season, winning the conference tournament, then went into the NAIA Division I men's 32-team tournament in Kansas City, Mo. seeded No. 2, sporting an impressive 30-3 overall record.
Saturday, they lost to Georgetown (Ky.), 69-67, falling a game short of reaching the Final Four and ending their season. Georgetown guard Eddie Gray converted a layup to win the game with 1.6 seconds left.
Despite falling short of their national championship goals, the Eagles enjoyed another incredible season. They ended their season with the fifth 30-win season in program history, at 32-4.
In reaching the NAIA's Elite Eight, Concordia won its first two games of the tournament earlier this week.