Jason Preston Talks About Ohio Bobcats Huge March Madness Upset Over Reigning Champion Virginia Cavaliers

Published 03/21/2021, 11:22 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Ohio Bobcats guard Jason Preston (0) celebrates the victory against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports


March Madness is the best time of the year for any college basketball fan. The annual tradition to crown a champion for the NCAA season is revered and beloved in basketball culture. However, it isn’t just to see who wins the tournament. The most engaging narrative of March Madness is the massive upsets the single-elimination tournament brings.

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We have already seen some heavy hitters be eliminated this year. This includes Ohio State, who fell to a loss to Oral Roberts. Further, we saw the Ohio Bobcats pull one off against the defending champions Virginia Cavaliers. Bobcats star Jason Preston opened up on the marquee win after the game.

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“Oh man, it’s awesome. Huge credit to just the bench. I don’t know if you could see it on the TV, but man the energy was amazing. Our teammates really followed the gameplan, you know really well-executed, especially on the defensive end.”

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While we have some other low-seeds still left, the Bobcats may have a genuine chance at making a run. Their next game is against the Creighton Bluejays. While Creighton has been one of the top teams in the nation all year, rarely falling out of the AP Poll, they have been prone to suffering losses. The chances that first-round upset teams make a deep run in the tournament are rare.

Mar 20, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Ohio Bobcats guard Jason Preston (0) reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

However, this year has seen a whole flurry of top-seed exits already. Maybe this is the year where Jason Preston and the rest of the Bobcats could pull off a run like Loyola-Chicago from 2018? While the Bobcats pulled off a major upset, it wasn’t even the biggest on the day. That honor fell to #14 Abilene Christian, who beat the #3 Texas Longhorns.

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The Bobcats pulled off a #13 vs #4 upset, so that is still pretty incredible as well. Hopefully, the Bluejays and the Bobcats have a great game their next time out. Many people will be rooting for Bobcats now just to see this scrappy team upset some more NCAA giants.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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