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STATS advises Liberty coach Dale Layer to keep that pregame speech. He could simply point out that since 2000, teams entering the tournament with losing records have gone 4-1 in their opening-round tournament game. And no need, STATS also notes, to mention that before 2000, those same teams with losing records went 1-14.



“It just so happened that (teammate) David Stockton’s dog ate our remote, so we can’t change the channel. So we haven’t really had the opportunity to watch much of that stuff. … I would have been more pleased if he ate my homework, but it was his choice and he ate the remote,” Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk on how he missed the whole controversy over whether the Bulldogs should have been ranked higher.