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How the last four teams in reacted to hearing their names on Selection Sunday

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

To understand how much it means to programs to make the NCAA tournament, all you have to do is watch the reaction of the last teams to make the field each year.

A year ago, NC State players erupted with joy and mobbed one-another when they were the last team revealed during the Selection Show. Here's a look at this year's reactions from Boise State, La Salle, Middle Tennessee and Saint Marys, the last four at-large teams to receive a bid on Sunday:

Boise State (13th seed in West Region)
"That was probably one of the best moments of my life right there. Of our lives, I should say." -- Boise State guard Jeff Elorriaga (Idaho Statesman)

La Salle (13th seed, West Region)
"The last region was up, three had past us and just by luck of the draw we ended up being on the last one they covered. They made us wait; they made us sweat a little bit. It was obviously worth it. -- La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini (La Salle athletics)

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(via Middle Tennessee athletics)

Middle Tennessee (11th seed, Midwest Region)
"I had a quiet confidence, but as always, a little anxiety when you're waiting this long for that particular moment, and it kind of popped out of nowhere. I'm just so happy for our players, so happy for our fans and it's just great publicity for Middle Tennessee." -- Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee Athletics)

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(via Saint Mary's athletics)

Saint Mary's (11th seed, Midwest Region)
"I felt good going into this. This is the best our numbers have been, other than when you win your conference tournament and you know you're in. ... Honestly, I'm surprised we were seeded as low as we were, but it doesn't matter. We're playing and that's what matters." -- Randy Bennett (Contra Costa Times)

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