While watching Tony Snell single-handedly dispose of UNLV in the Mountain West Conference tournament finals, the subsequent reaction, especially that of CBS announcer Reggie Miller, stood out.
In a one-point game against a Top-25-caliber opponent one that had already beaten the Lobos in the Thompson & Mack Center earlier in the yearthe junior swingman dropped 13 consecutive points to propel his team to the tourney title in the nations No. 1 RPI conference and a No. 3 seed in the NCAAs. With a loss, its conceivable the Lobos could have been handed a 4- or 5-seed. Instead, Snell kept the Lobos as dark horse favorites to reach Atlanta.
Miller called it Snells Kodak moment. In many ways, it was.
But there should be no surprise if Snell has an explosive March, and it got me thinking as to how the nation as a whole approaches the NCAA Tournament focused on the big programs, the big stars it saw on TV week after week and then acting shocked when upsets inevitably happen and smalle...