For most East Carolina University fans, March is typically a month of misery as much of North Carolina’s focus turns to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and, later, to the NCAA dance. The Pirates, who have traditionally struggled to achieve on the hardwood, often content themselves with baseball instead, ignoring all the hubbub of postseason basketball.
This year, however, things have changed as both the men’s and women’s teams begin the Conference USA tournament with legitimate dreams of bringing titles back to Greenville. As an excited Pirate fan base follows the teams’ exploits in Tulsa, they should celebrate a season to remember and look with hope toward a future in which March matters at long last.
Since East Carolina first assembled a men’s basketball team in 1931 — its first intercollegiate athletic sport — success has been fleeting. The Pirates won two conference titles in the modern era — capturing the Southern Conference in 1972 and the Colonial Athletic Conference in 1993 — to win appearances in the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round both times.
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