Underwood's team makes NCAA tourney

By Steve Sell
March 15, 2015

McPherson High graduate Brad Underwood is going dancing again.

Underwood’s Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks once again have made the NCAA Tournament and just as last year, they have been cast as a No. 12 seed.

Last year, the Lumberjacks shocked the nation and became a household name by upsetting No. 5 VCU before losing to UCLA in the second round.

It’s been a tradition in the NCAA Tournament that a No. 12 upsets a No. 5.

The 29-4 Lumberjacks have no bargain this year, as the No. 5 seed they face this time is Utah, which is 24-8. The Utes lost to Kansas but beat Wichita State earlier this year.

The Lumberjacks and Utah play on Thursday and should SFA pull off the upset again this year, they would face either Georgetown or Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Underwood’s team won both the regular-season championship and Southland Conference Tournament. In his two years, the Lumberjacks are an amazing 61-7.

Underwood is a 1982 MHS graduate who learned his craft by playing for the legendary Jay Frazier, earning All-State honors. He is the son of Jan and the late Warren D. Underwood.