There was a lot of that sort of talk going around the country as players and coaches, be they Davids or Goliaths, held press conferences ahead of the start of play today. For every jump shot attempted today, there was a cliché yesterday. Stay focused. Play within ourselves. Don't get caught in the moment.
But these kids grew up as college basketball fans. Most of them probably are just as familiar with Joe Lunardi as they are with Joe Biden. They know the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament usually is littered with discarded teams from power conferences.
In the last 3 years, a 15-seed has beaten a 2-seed three times. A 14 has beaten a 3 twice, and six times - in 12 chances - a No. 12 has upset a No. 5.
"The past few years, you see the 14- and 15-seeds come out with victories," said Milwaukee forward Matt Tiby, who plays 2-seeded Villanova tonight. "It's just because they have more heart and determination than the other team."
14-Mercer vs. 3-Duke
14-Western Michigan vs.
12-N.C. State vs. 5-Saint Louis
14-UL-Lafayette vs. Creighton
14-NC Central vs. 3-Iowa State
12-North Dakota State vs. 5-Oklahoma
Titus Rubies, Cincinnati
Marc Loving, Ohio State
Scoochie Smith, Dayton
Dallas Ennema (no thanks), Albany
Rob Loe, Saint Louis
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Jonathan Holmes (yikes), Texas
Je'Lon Hornbeak, Oklahoma
Fill 'er up
The five most prolific scorers in the field:
1. Doug McDermott, Creighton, 26.9
Opp.: UL-Lafayette, tomorrow, 3 p.m. (truTV)
2. T.J. Warren, N.C. State, 24.8
Opp.: Saint Louis, today, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
3. Tyler Haws, BYU, 23.4
Opp.: Oregon, today, 3 p.m. (truTV)
4. Bryce Cotton, Providence, 21.4
Opp.: North Carolina, tomorrow, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
5. Aaric Murray, Texas So., 21.2
Opp.: Last night vs. Poly, he scored 38 points in 81-69 loss.