Gianni Hunt is still soaking in Oregon State's Pac-12 Tournament run

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Gianni Hunt is still soaking in Oregon State's Pac-12 Tournament run originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Oregon State Beavers are the talk of the college basketball world.

The Beavers beat the odds, going from being projected to finish dead last in the Pac-12 conference to winning the conference tournament.

The newly crowned Pac-12 Tournament champions are riding high and ready to play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016, and just the second time since 1990.

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On this week's episode of Talkin' Beavers, sophomore guard Gianni Hunt joined host Ron Callan to talk about the incredible run OSU is on.

It still feels unreal. It still feels like a dream. I'm still soaking it all in.

Gianni Hunt

One can only imagine how estatic this team is right now. But while the experts picked OSU to struggle in 2021, the Beavers knew from day one they had the pieces to make a run.

Said Hunt, "We always knew from the start of the season once the guys got together that we had a chance to be good."

The biggest question now is can OSU keep riding the wave? 

The No.12 Beavers will find out for real on Friday when the take on No.5 Tennessee but if you ask the team, they don't just think they can keep up the hot streak, they expect to. 

"We can keep it going... we're not satisfied with just the Pac-12 Championship," said Hunt. "We know we're capable of doing more and that' what we want to do. That's what we want to do, we want to continue to do more. We want to put the world on notice at a national level. We put the Pac-12 and some of the West Coast on notice now we feel like we're a national team and we have a chance to prove it."

According to USA Today, since 1985 the No.12 seed has won their first-round matchup just 31.9% of the time. But being No.12 plays into the Beavers favor. They were projected to finish 12th, they had the number '12' patched on their warmups as motivation during the confernece tourney, and they are now 12th seed. 12 is right where they want to be. 

That is, right where they want to be to start. When it's all said and they hope to be climbing ladders again like they did in Vegas.

"After the game, me and Coach Tinkle had a little emotional hug," said Hunt. "He told us, 'ok you guys, this is what you guys came here for, right?' and it gave me chills. We did. We came to Oregon State to make history and to cut nets. That's exactly what we did."

Hopefully the Cinderalla story continues and the Beavers get to cut the nets in Indy.