UC Davis Wins First Ever NCAA Tournament Game

UC Davis Wins First Ever NCAA Tournament Game

UC Davis Wins First Ever NCAA Tournament Game

"It's special", Les said if the Aggies' win. "And I'm just trying to be leader and lead our younger guys, especially our freshmen". And so it's special to be here.

"I think every coach would prepare this week like he's preparing for a two-game tournament", Self said. I think it's been positive. "We're happy that we're a 1 seed. I feel we are going to do all we can to make that happen". "But we're glad to be here, but we're not satisfied by any means". On Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Aggies will face college basketball powerhouse Kansas (28-4), the top seed in the Midwest region.

There has never been a No. 16 seed that beat a No. 1 seed in tournament history. It starts in practice. "We've got to pick up speed and keep building off what we did this year".

"They guard", Self said.

The Braves (21-10) led by 14 with 15:38 to go, but let the Jayhawks back in the game with three consecutive turnovers with around the five minutes left. "We try to play to that standard and be together ... if we just come out and play Kansas basketball, we'll be fine". And we'll concede nothing.

"Definitely", Jackson said. "It is in my head, and that's all I'm going to say about it". "And then you look at Michigan State and you say, 'Hasn't he been to seven or eight Final Fours?' So, I personally didn't feel a ton of comfort or warm feelings by seeing that. The main thing we've been talking about coming into this tournament is not to look past anybody because it just takes one loss and it's all over". "We're all competitors and we're looking forward to the challenge of playing Kansas".

"These guys, they don't play for themselves". It's one of the closest teams I've ever been around, whether I was playing or coaching. They've got athletic guards.

Previous experience in the NCAA Tournament is invaluable, as much for coaches as players. He led Bradley to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

Both teams are No. 16 seeds. They grab just 29 percent of their misses, which probably has something to do with being in the 300s in average height.

"What I learned from it is we all make mistakes", Jackson said Thursday. He played in the National Basketball Association for eight years. But with Wichita State's convincing win over Seton Hall a day earlier, the little guys went 2-2 in the first round.

For the past couple of weeks, Self and the Jayhawks have talked about their mindset being a major key to their tournament success. "But, to me, he's always given everything he's got on the court". I'm not sure that's a huge advantage. "And I have a lot of coaching friends around the country". The Eagles will need to do better in those areas to advance.

"We have a chip on our shoulder, individually and collectively, " said senior guard Darius Graham. "And to have the opportunity to come back and be back and live and work in that area was special".

One in 204 Californians is a UC-Davis alum, according to the flyer. "Tyler is being recruited by a number of schools", Jim Les said.

Fouls - UC Davis loves to go to the line. I know what pressure is. So we as parents - he's our oldest, he's our firstborn. I'm proud of them, how they handled it.

"I'm not here at UC Davis selling UC Davis because now it's my job; I did the research".

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