ROCK HILL, S.C.- Winthrop leaves for the NCAA tournament Tuesday to head to a first round site 868 miles away from Winthrop Coliseum. The Eagles play Butler in Milwaukee on Thursday, and the matchup brings some of the players close to home.

“Hopefully we have a lot of friends and family come watch us play,” Winthrop guard Bjorn Broman said.

Broman is from Duluth, Minnesota, a six-hour drive from Milwaukee. When he says “us,” he doesn’t just mean the Eagles.

“That was great because now we know a bunch of our family will be able to come there,” Anders Broman.

Anders Broman also plays for Winthrop. The older brother of Bjorn, he transferred to play for the Eagles. This is the pair’s first season together on the court.

“We thought high school would be the last time, but college. This year has been amazing,” Bjorn said.

And while it’s amazing to see your dreams turn into reality, the Big Dance seems a little sweeter when your brother is standing next to you on basketball’s biggest stage.

“We always dreamt about that, and now to be playing in March Madness on the national stage it’s really crazy,” Anders said.