BOZEMAN — Oregon State's ride to the Elite Eight — under the guidance of former Montana player and coach Wayne Tinkle — might be the most compelling story of the NCAA men's basketball tournament to date.
Certainly the Beavers have grabbed the attention of the college basketball world. There were instant reactions on Twitter from around the country Saturday after OSU downed Loyola Chicago 65-58 in Indianapolis:
Oregon State was picked 12th in the Pac-12 Preseason Poll.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 27, 2021
It just advanced to the Elite Eight.
Nope. Just College Basketball.
Oregon State. Sharpie.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 27, 2021
🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱— Tres Tinkle (@tres_tinkle3) March 27, 2021
This is some kind of crazy magic still going on with Oregon State...suddenly they are playing some of the best defense I've seen in College Basketball all season and the amazing part is this has been the Beavers this whole NCAA Tournament so far— Ian Cameron (@bobano) March 27, 2021