“We’ve been here before, and we kind of know — the upperclassmen, anyways — what to expect in terms of, like, the excitement around it and not getting too caught up in the moment,’’ Saunders said.
“Last year, it was more of a shocking experience because we had always dreamed of being in the NCAA Tournament, and now that we’ve been here before, we can just calm down and focus on the task at hand.’’
So what must the Crimson do to survive and advance?
“We’ll just have to trust what we’ve been doing all year and stay to our principles and the way that we play and not really get out of character, which is what tends to happen a lot when people get on the big stage,’’ Saunders said.
“We just have to stick to playing our brand of basketball and doing the things that got us here, and I think we’ll be fine.’’
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