Southern University Basketball for The New York Times

Erik Daenitz | Photographer
Erik Daenitz | Photographer

 

NYT had me spend a day with 16 seed Southern University basketball a few weeks ago ahead of their near upset of no. 1 Gonzaga. The team ran through their pre-game practice in a conference room at The Sheraton, a graphic representation of the distinction between the two teams. However, it seemed like the underdog role and environment suited them well and gave them a drive that might not have existed had they been treated like princes.