In the 1st round of the Baltimore Sports Moment of the Year Tournament out of the Modell Region, the top seed features the incredible and miraculous “4th and 29” conversion by the Ravens in San Diego, facing off against the 16th seeded Loyola Greyhounds Men’s Basketball program making it to the NCAA Tournament.
Voting for this matchup begins on Saturday February 23rd at 8:00 AM and ends at 8:00 AM on Sunday February 24th.
#1 Seed: 4th and 29 – This play in a season of unforgettable moments, will go down in the annuals of Ravens history. With the Ravens trailing 13-10 with 1:59 left in the 4th quarter, the offense was faced with the seemingly impossible task of converting on 4th and 29.
With the Chargers defense sitting deep, Joe Flacco found Ray Rice on a dump off pass in the flat. Cutting to his left, Rice made three Chargers whiff on tackles. Without a crushing block from Anquan Boldin on safety Eric Weddle, Rice doesn’t get the extra yards needed for the first down. The football, originally spotted at the 33 yard line, was then moved to the 34 and measured again giving the Ravens a first down and new life. Justin Tucker kicks the field goal to tie the game and the rest is history. “Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice Up The Middle.”
#16 Seed: Loyola Punches Ticket to The Big Dance – The Loyola University Men’s Basketball program punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the first time under head coach Jimmy Patsos in the 2011-’12 season and for only the 2nd time since the 1993-’94 season. They did so by winning the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, beating Fairfield University, 48-44.
Patsos, in his eight season coaching the Greyhounds, went from a 1-27 team in his first year of coaching in 2003-’04 to a 24-8 regular season record last season. Loyola – the 15 seed – lost in 1st round action to #2 seed Ohio State, 78-59.