It’s been ten years.
Ten years since the Portland Pilots have defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs in men’s basketball.
Even then, the Pilots haven’t beat the Zags on their home court in Chiles Center since 1996.
How’s that for an underdog story?
|image from Oregon Live|
At the beginning of the season, when I started as the UP Men’s Basketball Social Media intern, I knew that I wanted a framing device for the season to come.
What better way to find a framing device than to figure out a hashtag to completely own on every social media platform possible?
From this idea, a beautiful thing was born: #YouDidntSeeThisComing.
Since game one, this hashtag has evolved from being simply a hashtag to a definition of the Portland Pilots team.
With each victory, it was a laugh in the face to everyone who doubted the team or underestimated their passion, just one step closer to cementing the fact that not only was the team going to shock any and all, but they were going to do it with flair and incredible talent.
What was expected to be another blow-out for the nationally ranked #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs – as they faced a team that they had not only beat multiple times, but 20 straight times in the past 10 years – turned out to be the ultimate proof of how far the Pilots have come this season.
In short, a true show of #YouDidntSeeThisComing. Can you say #UpsetAlert?
|image from Roman Pierce|
|image from Jim Beseda|
If you need further proof, be sure to check out the highlights (and see Korey’s MASSIVE dunk!) on ESPNU, and follow me as I document everything about the incredible game in Chiles last night on the UP Men’s Basketball Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Page.