With a coaching background that includes stop at Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair loves to root for the underdogs in the NCAA tournament.
Of course, that support doesn't extend to those teams when they're facing his Aggies, like one is on Saturday when No. 3 seed Texas A&M hosts 14th-seeded Wichita State in the first round of the tournament.
"That will be the first thing we talk about are the upsets," he said. "You better be ready because the other team is playing with nothing to lose."
The ninth-ranked Aggies (24-9), who won a national championship in 2011, are making their eighth consecutive NCAA appearance and the Shockers their tournament debut.
Wichita State (24-9) has had the most successful season in school history, setting records for wins and Missouri Valley Conference victories (15). But the Shockers are facing daunting odds in a tournament where a team from their conference hasn't won a game since 2002.
Wichita State has noted ...