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The Underdog: March's Best Friend

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

If dogs are man's best friend. Underdogs are March's best friend.

"The underdog role is always, the best role," said Pacific forward Lorenzo McCloud.

And this weekend in Austin, the underdogs stick out like neon orange laces on black shoes. Northwestern State and Pacific are the two lowest seeds here and the only two teams not from a major conference.

NSU, the 14th seed, is not just another small conference cupcake. The Demons lead the NCAA in scoring thanks to their up-tempo offense.

"When we get teams going faster than they usually do, it causes turnovers in our favor," said Demons forward Marvin Frazier.

And sometimes, like in last weekend's Southland conference title game, that high octane offense is too much to take in a natural state - even for Donna Anderson, the Demons number one fan.

"I ran out of Tylenol, I ran out of nerve pills, the sleeping pills didn't even help sleep that night," said Anderson.

Sleeping pills or no sleeping pills, don't blame Pacific if this postseason run feels like a dream. Tigers head coach Bob Thomason has already announced his retirement after 25 seasons at his alma mater, so every win extends his career one more game.

"It's been movie-like almost, to try and be able to send him out like this," said Pacific forward Tony Gill. "Hopefully we can get a win or two in the NCAA tournament and that would be just icing on the cake."

"He's [Coach Thomason] a great guy and we've got a great program," said Pacific fan Bing Kirk. "We pride ourselves for graduating 98 percent of our players the last 25 years."

Pacific and Northwestern State, two teams with geographic names hoping to map out the same destination - the next round.

The Underdog: March's Best Friend


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Scores & Schedules

July 30, 2014 07:12 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Tampa Bay 5 Milwaukee 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Baltimore 7, L.A. Angels 6, 12 innings

Seattle 5, Cleveland 2

Chicago White Sox 11, Detroit 4

Toronto 4, Boston 2

N.Y. Yankees 12, Texas 11

Minnesota 2, Kansas City 1

Oakland 7, Houston 4

Wednesday's Games

Oakland (Hammel 0-3) at Houston (Keuchel 9-7), 2:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Richards 11-3) at Baltimore (Gausman 4-3), 7:05 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 11-2) at Cleveland (Kluber 10-6), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Noesi 5-7) at Detroit (Scherzer 12-3), 7:08 p.m.

Toronto (Buehrle 10-7) at Boston (Workman 1-3), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 7-6) at Texas (Lewis 6-8), 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota (P.Hughes 10-7) at Kansas City (Duffy 5-10), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Cincinnati 3, Arizona 0

Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Mets 0

Miami 3, Washington 0

Colorado 4, Chicago Cubs 3

L.A. Dodgers 8, Atlanta 4

San Diego 3, St. Louis 1

Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1

Wednesday's Games

Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 5-10) at N.Y. Mets (Za.Wheeler 5-8), 12:10 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 6-7) at Cincinnati (Simon 12-5), 12:35 p.m.

Washington (Roark 10-6) at Miami (Hand 2-2), 12:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Morton 5-10) at San Francisco (Lincecum 9-7), 3:45 p.m.

Colorado (B.Anderson 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-9), 8:05 p.m.

Atlanta (A.Wood 7-8) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 12-6), 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis (J.Kelly 2-1) at San Diego (Hahn 6-2), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Milwaukee (Gallardo 5-5) at Tampa Bay (Price 11-7), 12:10 p.m.

WNBA

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta 89, Connecticut 80

New York 80, Washington 76, OT

San Antonio 92, Chicago 74

Tulsa 80, Seattle 74

Phoenix 90, Los Angeles 69

Wednesday's Games

No games scheduled=

MLS

Wednesday, July 30

Toronto FC at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

Colorado at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

New York at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

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