TUCSON, Ariz. In a season when the No. 1 team in the country was never really safe, it has become the year of the little guys.
Fifteen-seed Florida Gulf Coast University take a bow.
Same for you, La Salle. Who said a No. 13-seed was unlucky?
Ditto for 12th-seeded Oregon and ninth-seeded Wichita State. All were part of the upsetpalooza of the NCAAs second round when eight double-digit winners wowed and amazed. LaSalle faces Wichita State in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday, where No. 6 Arizona faces No. 2 Ohio State.
The 2013 Big Dance has turned into a parity party a fiesta for the under-valued and overlooked.
And this from the NCAA tournament already a case study in histrionics.
The gap between the elite teams and the next 40 teams keeps getting smaller, said former Arizona State coach Bill Frieder, now the lead radio color analyst for Dial Global Sports. That's why there will continue to be surprises. But theres not much difference between a five-seed and a 12-seed ...