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Jordan and Jordan at the Final FourPosted Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 4:01 PM
It's kind of a bummer without our Hogs or Mizzou Tigers playing basketball as we head into the first week of April.
Another year, another series of disappointments - for the Razorbacks, any way. At least the Tigers did make the Big Dance and from the way Mike Anderson has his players buying into his system, Mizzou looks to be a regular, come NCAA Tourney time.
But all is not lost this year.
Turns out the 2010 NCAA Final Four has a local flavor.
On the men's and women's sides.
For that, we can thank a pair of Jordans.
Jordan Madden and Jordan Davidson.
Madden, a native of Lepanto, played her high school ball at East Poinsett County (EPC), where she was truly a force to be reckoned with.
Davidson grew up in Melbourne and spent his time on the high school hardwood as a dynamic member of Mike Watson's Melbourne Bearkatz for four years.
After graduating from EPC, Madden picked Baylor University as her college of choice and low-and-behold, playing important minutes as a freshmen, Madden just helped the Lady Bears reach the Final Four for the second time in school history.
Davidson's Duke Blue Devil squad, old hats at this Final Four thing, are playing in the national semifinals for the first time in six years.
But both Madden and Davidson are well-versed in finals fours, especially at the state level.
As a senior in high school, Madden scored 45 of EPC's total of 51 points in the Class 3A state championship game against Marshall. That's right - she scored all but six of her team's points.
She was a two-time All-State member, three-time All-Region and All-Conference and averaged a double-double of 25.7 points and 10.6 boards as a senior at EPC.
Davidson played in the state final four twice during his days at Melbourne, as a junior and senior.
He was a two-time All-Stater, three-time All-District member. He tossed in 18 points, grabbed five boards and dished out five assists as a senior at Melbourne High School.
So both know their way around the hardwood, don't you think?
But get this - who do you suppose the Baylor Lady Bears and the Duke Blue Devils beat in the regional finals to punch their respective tickets to the Final Four?
Each other, of course.
In a weird twist of fate, the Baylor Lady Bears knocked off the Duke Lady Blue Devils on the women's side, while on the men's side, Duke knocked off Baylor to advance to the Final Four.
And that folks, you just couldn't make up if you tried.
Good luck to both Jordans.
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