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Almost every time they step onto the court, they will be both the favorite and an undercard. They accept both fates with equal enthusiasm.

“As an athlete, you’ve got to cherish those moments,” Mike said. “We’re on the road and you can get mentally tired of those moments when you’re playing week in, week out … having guys gun for you because you’re the No. 1 team. But then you go home and you realize you need that adrenaline rush, and you’re itching to get back out there.”