Next up for UC Davis after a 67-63 win in the First Four on Wednesday night after a 67-63 win in the First Four on Tuesday night is No. 1 seed Kansas.
The Aggies already knew.
“I mean, they’re the No. 1 seed for a reason, right? So that’s enough said right there,” senior UCD guard Lawrence White replied when asked about the Jayhawks.
When teammate Chima Moneke added, “They have good guards,” White quickly interjected, “So do we.”
The message: Let’s respect the big bad wolf, but not too much.
After some laughter from the assembled media, the third Aggie on the stage took control.
“You know, like Lawrence said, they’re the No. 1 seed for a reason,” Brynton Lamar said. “But that doesn’t mean anything. We’re going to come out, play hard, play our game. And if we do that, we’re definitely going to compete with them and give them a run.
“We’re all confident. We’re not going to come to the game expecting to lose. So I don’t think anybody should. So, yeah, we’re going to be ready.”
Tip off with the Jayhawks is scheduled for 6:50 Friday night in Tulsa, Okla.
It’s probably no coincidence the 16 seed that won here the night before, Mount St. Mary’s, had a similar message when asked about taking on Villanova, the defending national champs.
Players have never been more media savvy than they are today, but confidence also seems to be a trait that is rarely lacking anymore.
And if a No. 16 really does knock off a No. 1 one of these days? That will probably be no small factor.