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‘We can dream’: 16th seed UNC Asheville faces Pitt
_On the motorcycle-led police escort the team bus received through the streets of Washington: “I was more nervous than I’ve been on the bench all year.”
_On expanding the NCAAs to 96 teams, which he favors: “If you did, the 97, 98, 99 and 100 _ Seth Greenberg would be in there. He’d be one of those teams, and he’d be complaining.”
Greenberg, of course, is the coach at Virginia Tech, a perpetual bubble team that always seems to miss the tournament.
“But if you’re not in the top 12, you should be happy as heck to be in the NCAA tournament,” Biedenbach continued. “This is fantastic. I woke up this morning and saw my own face on TV. We played in the first game. I haven’t been on TV since the Mickey Mouse Club.”
_When asked about his players possibly getting fatigued during the game Thursday, Greenberg found another way to envision a win over Pitt and looked ahead to the next round: “I hope to heck we get leg-weary on Saturday. I’d die to get leg-weary on Saturday.”
Dixon and the Panthers (27-5), meanwhile, stressed they aren’t looking past the Bulldogs. They gathered around the television to watch UNC Asheville’s win on Tuesday, although it’s clear they’re still in the learning stage about their opponent.
“They’re a good team, and they’re an NCAA team almost every year,” center Gary McGhee said.
Uh, not exactly. The Bulldogs’ only previous NCAA bid came in 2003. Pitt’s occasional letdowns in recent postseasons _ losses to Kent State, Pacific and Bradley since 2002 _ might give fodder to anyone looking for the historic upset. The Bulldogs figure they might be charmed enough to pull it off.
“I want to keep it going,” Dickey said. “Hopefully tomorrow we can pull of the big upset. I think that would top everything.”
After he said that, Dickey, Primm and teammate Chris Stephenson all smiled broadly _ as if they were still trying to convince themselves that they might actually have a chance.
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