The UC Irvine Anteaters play basketball in a mid-major conference and use a funny animal as their mascot.
In that sense, they fit the mold of a traditional No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But they are far from a normal underdog team.
Just ask K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber.
“Everyone just told me we are supposed to lose tomorrow,” Weber said Thursday at SAP Center, “so how can you tell me we are the favorite? No one else thinks so.”
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There has been an interesting build up to this game.