Richmond, Va., temporarily a college hoops hotbed

DENVER, CO - MARCH 19: Kevin Anderson #14 of the Richmond Spiders reacts after a play during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Of all the college basketball hotbeds – North Carolina’s Triangle; Philly; Metro Washington, D.C.; even Boston and New York City if you’re looking for sheer quantity – Richmond, Virginia is not one of them.

A few upsets here and some stellar shooting performances there, and The River City is feeling pretty important right now, as it’s home to two of the 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. Yes that’s right, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth (located just six miles out of the downtown area) still stand, as each yearn to be crowed this year’s true Cinderella Story.

To put things into perspective, here are some much larger land masses that can’t lay claim to that distinction; places that do not have two teams playing in the Sweet 16.

Learn about those land masses, and much more on just how weird it is that Richmond, Va. has two teams in the Sweet 16, over at Beyond the Arc >>>

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