The Farleigh Dickinson Knights and their coach Tobin Anderson are the unexpected stars of March Madness.
The Knights have pushed fearlessly since outlasting Texas Southern as a First Four team.
Then they performed the unimaginable, upsetting No. 1 Purdue.
But can they make history again?
The Florida Atlantic University Owls don’t think so, according to Coach Anderson and his staff.
“They were on the floor just before we got here. Thomas heard them talking over there.”
[An assistant coach continued] “They were walking behind. You guys were huddled together. They were walking down the hallway. They said, ‘They’re ready to go home. I’ve done my part, but it looks like I’m ready to go home.” That’s all they kept saying to each other.
The players stuttered in the background, and one said, “Huh?” Very interesting.
“Are you ready to go home?” Coach Anderson asked his group. “We don’t look or act like a team ready to go home.”
Anderson continues: It’s going to take a tremendous amount of effort… never before has a 16 seed made it to the Sweet 16.
Anderson said in his pre-match speech that tonight’s interval would be about four minutes.
“It’s a four minute game, right? You win four minutes at a time.”
The Knights will require a lot of effort from guards Demetre Roberts and Grant Singleton to match the Owls’ athletic guard-heavy lineup.
Vegas doesn’t believe history will be made tonight.
The Owls are the 15.5 point favorites heading into tonight’s game.