Friends Becomes Foes as Former High School Teammates Clash in NCAA Tournament
The 1-seed Virginia basketball team is set to tipoff against 9-seed Oklahoma Sunday night at about 7:45pm in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will be televised by TruTV
Virginia's Jack Salt will be taking on a familiar opponent. Salt and Sooners' junior Matt Freeman are both from Aukland, New Zealand. They won championships together in high school but now they'll be on opposite sides.
"Its going to be strange, we've played unorganized pickup back home before and it's always been really competitive for us," says Freeman. "This is going to be the first time in an organized game and it just happens to be in the second round of March Madnesss. I'm sure its going to be an exciting game.
"The fact that we get to play each other in the NCAA tournament is amazing," says Salt. "I'm looking forward to it, being on the floor at the same time and having a good game."
Jack Salts' sister, Sophie, attends Oklahoma University but Salt says she will be rooting for Virginia.
A member of the Blue Devils will also have a rooting interest in the 'Hoos as Charlottesville-native Javin DeLaurier is a junior on the Duke basketball team.
"I got a bunch of friends that go to UVA," says DeLaurier, "So even if I'm not paying attention to what they're doing, I'm getting updates all the time."
That including former St. Anne's-Belfield teammate Jayden Nixon, who is a freshman with the Cavaliers.
"Jayden, that's my guy, says DeLaurier. "We obviously went to high school together. It was funny that of all the places we could have ended up going to we both ended up in Columbia, South Carolina."
"We're both pretty much rivals," says Nixon. "We got to still be friendly, but everything's really cool. I love him to death, one of my closest friends in high school. It's great seeing both of us on the big stage."