Albany coach has some inspiring words before Duke game

Seth Curry hits a first-half trey. (Elsa / Getty Images)

What on earth does a coach say just moments before his 24-10 team — a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament — to face big, bad Duke, a 27-5 No. 2 seed?

Coach Will Brown, who admitted Thursday that “I got migraines all week watching Duke film,” went his own way, slyly playing the underdog card. Somehow, he found a niche between “we happy few, we band of brothers” and “was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

“Let’s face it, nobody thinks we’re going to win this game. Nobody,” he said in his pregame speech, “but everybody in this room right here. Let’s take it one possession at a time, one media timeout at a time and let’s surprise everybody.”

As a No. 2 seed, Duke — ahem — lost to a No. 15 seed, Lehigh, last year.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · March 22, 2013