Oakville’s Cyrus looking to lead Gauchos to upset in NCAA March Madness opener


Published March 16, 2021 at 5:13 pm


Oakville March Madness fans will have someone local to root for when the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament begins later this week.

Oakville native Brandon Cyrus and his No. 12 seed UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (22-4) will look to upset the No. 5 Creighton Blue Jays (20-8) in their first-round West Region game, Saturday, at 3:30 p.m.

The six-foot-five, 190 lbs. senior forward, who graduated from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. and was a transfer from DePaul University, averaged 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists this season for the Gauchos.

The 68-team tournament, which was cancelled last season because of the pandemic, officially kicks off Thursday with two First four- play-in games.

The championship game is scheduled for April 5. 

The entire tournament this year will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas.




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