"I was like in shock after the (Northwestern) game for a couple minutes", said senior guard Jordan Mathews, a grad transfer from Cal whose only NCAA experience came in a first-round loss last season. It's the dream season. This is not an ideal situation against anyone, let alone against a team like Wisconsin, who lives on the ability of Ethan Happ and Hayes to score in the post and get to the offensive glass. "That's all you want as a coach". They had been asked about their academic standards before their first-round game versus Vanderbilt - another renowned academic institution - and this week's midterm exams.
It all makes sense now.
Purdue and Iowa State capped the day's action with a thriller. They will face No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Thursday.
Popular statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Bulldogs an 18-percent chance of wining their first National Title, the best chances of any team left in the field. From that point on, NU played the "foul and hope they miss" game, but some clutch free-throw shooting by the Zags kept NU at arm's length until the buzzer.
Northwestern put up a tremendous fight but fell just short of achieving another first in a 79-73 loss to the Bulldogs.
"We're going to build off of (this season)", he said.
"It would have been a three-point game. Credit them. They went to the drawing board and made some big plays".
"As much as we deserved the fans flying out here and giving us as much love as they did, they deserve just as much credit as we do", Law said.
"I got to get one of those zappers to kind of reel me in", Collins joked. That's incredible. It's a moment that Villanova fans will never forget, and the shot that won the title will go down in history and one of the greatest moments in the history of sports. Xavier came into the tournament on the bubble, needing some key wins down the stretch to preserve a spot in this year's tourney.
"In all of these games, I feel like Northwestern has had the most fans", sophomore forward Vic Law said.
Behind a suddenly ferocious defense that hampered fifth-seeded Virginia on seemingly every possession, fourth-seeded Florida advanced to the Sweet 16 with the victory at Amway Center in Orlando.
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Gonzaga should cruise to the final four, and once they get there, they are as explosive and as athletic as any major conference school that will be waiting.
"I think coming out to start the season nobody really expected this team or this group to really amount to anything".
He's going to ask about The Shot. "For him to walk up and make six in a row in the last [four minutes], I was really proud of him". "This is just a beginning and I can't wait to see what the future holds". This was, for Northwestern fans, a moment of legend.