But McCollum isn’t just thinking about the game as a fan, he’s remembering the time he spent in the Big Dance years ago.
That’s because he was part of one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history – one that is still talked about to this day.
Time flies 🙏🏽 https://t.co/s2AzZJhzrk
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 17, 2022
McCollum and his peers at Lehigh took down Duke in a massively surprising upset ten years ago this year.
The win was not expected and shook all of March Madness.
The 75-70 victory was Lehigh’s first-ever victory at the NCAA Division I Tournament and marked only the sixth time in the history of the tournament that a team seeded 15th defeated a team seeded second.
No wonder people, including McCollum, are still talking about it.
The Road From March Madness
McCollum is one of those players who was able to easily transition from college ball to the big leagues.
His time with Lehigh definitely put him on the radar of many NBA teams and he would eventually make his home with the Portland Trail Blazers for many years.
Alongside Damian Lillard, he was the most important, and beloved, part of the Portland Trail Blazers’ squad.
But after years of the team falling short, the team decided to trade away McCollum to the Pelicans.
But that didn’t slow McCollum down one bit.
During his time with the Pelicans so far, he has been averaging 26.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds.
The Pelicans are still struggling to make the postseason but with the help of McCollum and some others, they might get further than they have in years.