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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

August 28, 2014 07:11 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Angels 6 Miami 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Texas 12, Seattle 4

Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1

Toronto 5, Boston 2

N.Y. Yankees 8, Detroit 4

Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland 2

Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1

Oakland 5, Houston 4

Thursday's Games

N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 9-8) at Detroit (Lobstein 0-0), 1:08 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-2) at Baltimore (B.Norris 11-8), 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Carrasco 5-4) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 9-8), 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Milone 6-4) at Kansas City (Guthrie 10-10), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Tepesch 4-8) at Houston (McHugh 6-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Gray 13-7) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 10-8), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 1

Philadelphia 8, Washington 4

Atlanta 3, N.Y. Mets 2

Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5

San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2, 10 innings

L.A. Dodgers 3, Arizona 1

San Francisco 4, Colorado 2

Thursday's Games

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 7-4) at Cincinnati (Axelrod 0-0), 12:35 p.m.

Colorado (Lyles 6-1) at San Francisco (Y.Petit 3-3), 3:45 p.m.

Atlanta (Minor 5-8) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 7-9), 7:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday, Aug. 28

Atlanta at Jacksonville, 6 p.m.

Kansas City at Green Bay, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Miami, 7 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Giants, 7:30 p.m.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco at Houston, 8 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Denver at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Tennessee, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 10 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday's Games

Los Angeles 4, D.C. United 1

Friday's Games

Houston at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m.

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