Erie BayHawks reserve power forward Jarvis Gunter seems to always have a smile on his face.
It just was a little bigger Wednesday before practice at LECOM.
The night before, he watched his school, Arkansas-Pine Bluff win its first ever NCAA Tournament game in Tuesday’s play-in game.
The Golden Lions beat Winthrop, 61-44, in Dayton, Ohio. This was Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I was very proud of them,” said Gunter, who averaged 6.6 points and 7.7 rebounds his senior season at Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2007-08. He finished his career with 754 points and 674 rebounds. “They went out and played hard. Took care of business. It made me very proud. I played with about five or six of those guys.”
Up next for the Golden Lions? Duke. The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and the epitome of college basketball.
“If they get keep it close and a couple of guys stay out of foul trouble, anything can happen,” Gunter said.
Gunter is just hoping the game is televised in the Erie area so he can watch it. The game is in Jacksonville, Fla. so the odds aren’t in his favor, but you never know.
Anything can happen in March Madness.