A 16 has never beaten a 1 in the NCAA Tournament, but maybe this is the year with freakishly gifted scorer, Mike Daum, leading South Dakota State.
Daum has eclipsed 30 points 12 times this season, including a 51-point outburst Feb. 18 in a win over Fort Wayne. Yes, Fort Wayne has a basketball team.
Daum's 51-points were the most by a D1 player since SDSU's Nate Wolters, a St. Cloud, Minnesota native, scored 53 in a game in 2013, according to NBC Sports.
According to the Argus Leader, this is the fourth time in 10 years as a D1 program that SDSU has reached the NCAA Tournament – and they've given higher seeds a run for than money almost every time.
- 2012: 14-seed, lost 68-60 to Baylor
- 2013: 13-seed, lost 71-56 to Michigan
- 2016: 12-seed, lost 79-74 to Maryland
The reality, however, is that Gonzaga is really, really good. In fact, most experts believe this is the best team Gonzaga has ever had. Mid-Major Madness put it like this:
"Oh yeah, Mike Daum is on SDSU and he’s crazy freaking good. But still. It won’t matter. Gonzaga is going to win this game and they are going to win it easily."
It's true that SDSU hasn't played anywhere near the competition Gonzaga has. But neither did 15-seed Middle Tennessee last year when they shocked perennial power Michigan State.
Anything is possible.
Daum's season has been incredible enough that SportsCenter featured him over the weekend.