Thad Matta, Archie Miller showed up to NCAA Tournament dressed the same (Video)

Thad-Matta-Archie-Miller-tieOhio State head coach Thad Matta and Dayton coach Archie Miller had to have known they were in for a close game on Thursday when they showed up wearing the same clothes. The coaches got together to chat for a bit before the opening tip, and Matta appeared to take note of the fact that he was wearing the exact same tie as Miller.

Miller inspected Matta’s tie before giving him a pat on the back. If the coaches wardrobe selections were that similar, their playbooks couldn’t have been that far off — right?

Apparently Miller had slightly more mojo in his tie, because the Flyers brought us the first big upset of the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 60-59 win. Ohio State’s Shannon Scott helped Dayton with a dumb foul late in the game, but I’m crediting Miller’s suit.

GIF via For the Win

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This post will have an extremely bitter tone and it’s because I picked Ohio State to win the entire tournament. The Buckeyes only lost twice in the regular season and seemed to have every key ingredient necessary to succeed in March. But after blowing out their first two opponents, they got bounced by a Kentucky squad that played lock-down defense.

DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrelson deserve tons of credit for stepping up for the Wildcats and leading them to victory, but it still hurts me to see a team that went 32-2 in the regular season end up as a failure. What stings even more is that they were eliminated by an eight-loss team, but that’s the nature of the tournament, like it or love it.

In a single-game elimination style, it’s win or go home and teams can’t afford to have off games, which is exactly what happened with the Buckeyes.

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