My father once told me “Goliath, gets a bad rap. All everybody wants to talk about is his one loss, what about all those wins he racked up before David hit him with that rock?” Such is the life of a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. Win all you want in the regular season and none of it matters a damn bit if you’re out before the second round of March Madness. Michigan State, Baylor, Arizona, and Cal are all feeling the sting of the sling shot.
Lon Kruger acknowledges that Cinderella has the luxury of being more relaxed. “We’ve been in both roles, and sometimes you play a little freer as an underdog. You try and get that higher seeded team to play with that freedom and play with that confidence as if you’re an underdog.”
Several times on Friday we saw OU build up leads only to let CSUB back in. With just 3:32 left it was 69-65, Oklahoma. Everyone in the Peak was getting a notice that Sparty just went down. The tension was mounting, Luckily for Kruger, he was not aware of what was happening. ” I don’t think anyone was concerned about that while our game was going on. We had our hands full.”
Ultimately Buddy Hield would spur OU on to victory, and Sooner nation is can now focus on VCU. The Rams are a ten seed that beat Oregon State. VCU is also the only program to make a Final four after going through a play-in game. More of what those who only watch college basketball in March love the “upstart” little guy vs. the big bad state school.
Winning a National Championship is usually enough motivation for a two seed. But if Kruger needs to put that chip on his team’s shoulder just remind them the world always roots for David, and being the villain more fun this time of year.