In the first real bracket-busting upset of the 2016 Big Dance, Yale, a school known more for its history than its hoops, knocked the wind out of Baylor, a school known more for basketball than books -- a Thursday afternoon shocker that earned the Bulldogs their first-ever NCAA tournament W.
How’d the 12-seeded Yale nab the victory? It combined white-hot first-half shooting with an aggressive every-board-is-mine mentality, out-rebounding the taller, bigger, faster Bears, 36-32.
In a cringeworthy portion of the postgame press conference, standout Baylor forward Taurean Prince was asked about the disparity in boards. And Prince made clear just how inane he thought the question was, giving what is probably the most deadpan answer you’ll ever see.
Reporter: “You said you got out-rebounded, I was surprised, you did … How does Yale out-rebound Baylor?”
Prince: “Um, you go up and grab the ball off the rim when it comes off, and then you grab it with two hands, then you come down with it and that’s considered a rebound. So they got more of those than we did.”
Prince’s caustic comment is a good reminder that these players are college kids, and with each loss, another dozen or so 18-22 year olds are getting their hearts broken.