Now that Cal Poly has gotten its first NCAA victory out of the way, why stop at one?
Chris Eversley scored 19 points to help Cal Poly become the first team in 59 years with 19 losses to win an NCAA tournament game, beating Texas Southern 81-69 on Wednesday night in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.
Now the team with the worst record in the tournament (14-19) moves on to face the one with the best -- top-seeded Wichita State (34-0) -- in the second round in St. Louis on Friday.
It's exactly what Mustangs coach Joe Callero had hoped.
"I'm so weird that I was cheering the last five years that a 16 (seed) never upsets a 1," he said. "Because if we ever got a bid, we'd be a 16 seed and then we'd have a chance to make real history."
They've already done that.
The Mustangs were 0-3 and 4-9 early this season. They didn't exactly inspire confidence heading into the Big West Conference tournament -- losing nine of 11 -- but they won the title to earn the program's first NCAA bid.
There have been 23 teams with losing records in the NCAA tournament since 1955. The only other 19-loss team to win was Bradley (7-19), which won a game but lost in the final eight in 1955.
David Nwaba added 17 points, and Brian Bennett -- who was 5 for 5 from the field -- had 10 for the Mustangs.
So should Wichita State be worried?
"Wichita State is a great team. They're a national favorite. They've been undefeated all season," Eversley said after flashing a quick grin when he heard the question. "We're going to get on a plane tonight, get to St. Louis, Mo., and just go start on a scouting report and make sure we're ready for Wichita State -- and go out there keep playing the way we've been playing."
Aaric Murray closed out his career with 38 points for Texas Southern (19-15), champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
"He was going to get his points either way, so we knew he would just need to take the other players out of the game," said Nwaba. "That was our plan going in."
Murray was the top player on the court, but that wasn't enough for the Tigers. Originally a blue-chip recruit for La Salle, he left there for West Virginia where he was dismissed from the team. In his final year of eligibility for Texas Southern, he had 28 points against Stanford, 30 against Tulsa and 48 against Temple in his return home to Philadelphia.
Tennessee 78, Iowa 65: Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as the Volunteers (22-12) finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, then dominated overtime against the Hawkeyes (21-13) in the NCAA's First Four in Dayton.
Tennessee will play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional in Raleigh, N.C.
Stokes' three-point play was the key moment in his 18-point, 13-rebound performance. Iowa managed only one free throw in overtime, ending a hectic and stressful day for coach Fran McCaffery. McCaffery started the day in Iowa with his son Patrick, who had surgery to remove a thyroid tumor.
McCaffery said before the game that Patrick, who turns 14 on Thursday, was in "good spirits" after Wednesday morning's operation.
NIT: Charles Mann scored a career-high 29 points, including a three-point play with 2:25 remaining that gave Georgia the lead, and the Bulldogs (20-13) beat Vermont (22-11) 63-56 in the first round of the NIT.
Providence: Police confirmed that they are investigating an allegation that two Providence College basketball players sexually assaulted another student on campus in November. Providence police Maj. David Lapatin told The Associated Press that the complaint was filed about two weeks ago by a female student against two men who were on the basketball team at the time of the assault. He would not name the players, but a defense lawyer says unsubstantiated sex assault allegations were made against players Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin when they were suspended from playing in games in the fall.
Kennesaw State: Coach Lewis Preston will not return next season. The school announced the move Wednesday, calling it a mutual decision. Preston went 9-67 in two-plus seasons at the Atlantic Sun Conference school in suburban Atlanta, including just two wins in 36 conference games.