Winthrop grabs luck of the Irish in first-round win

Going up against Notre Dame the day before St. Patrick's Day seemed ominous for a team that had never won an NCAA Tournament game. But Winthrop had a bit o' luck up its sleeve, writes Mark Schlabach.

Originally Published: March 16, 2007
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

SPOKANE, Wash. -- How do you drive to Spokane Arena from Rock Hill, S.C.?

"Drive to Sioux Falls, Iowa, turn right and drive another 1,298 miles," said Andrew Dys, a reporter for The Herald of Rock Hill.

Dys and Gary McCann, the newspaper's sports editor, left Rock Hill around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Two days, 13 cups of coffee and nearly 2,700 miles later, the pair arrived at their hotel in Spokane.

"We even made last call," Dys said.

Last call might never ...

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