But what the Cougars -- and everyone assembled in the bowels of the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas -- didn’t bargain for on Monday night after BYU upended USF 79-77 in overtime was the reaction Dons head coach Rex Walters had during his post-game press conference.
Equal parts delusional and stupid, Walters showed why it’s best to be a gracious sportsman and good loser -- instead of being a complete jerk and offend a religion at the podium after your team just lost a big game.
"I would say we are the best team in this tournament," Walters said at the 19-minute mark of his presser. "The best team may not have won tonight. Our hat's off to BYU ... There may be a lot of Mormons mad at me, but I don't give a rat's you-know-what what the state of Utah thinks of me.”
That Walters credited his own team instead of BYU was also something to behold.
And considering the USF Dons coach has spent the better part of this tournament extolling the virtues of his team being the “best in the tournament” -- even if his team did lose to BYU in overtime on Monday night in a physical, dare we say dirty match-up.
“I'm proud of our guys. They won the game tonight. They deserved it. They played better tonight. But I wouldn't trade one of my guys for any player in this tournament. Not one," Walters continued in his remarks at the press conference.
Let the record show BYU won the game and will move on to play Gonzaga, 70-54 semifinal winners over Saint Mary’s, in the championship game on Tuesday, March 11.
And let the record show that Walters did get some sleep and apologize on Tuesday morning for his inflammatory remarks on his Twitter page.
“Did not mean to offend any Mormons/BYU fans. I apologize if I did. I wasn't taking a shot at anyone. BYU won & deserved the W,” Walters tweeted.
Considering the Dons coach has seen 21 players leave his program during his time there, manning up for his actions was probably the right thing for him to do.