March Madness is upon us. The most exciting time of the year for college basketball and my favorite sporting event.
It’s my favorite because I love the underdog.
I always cheer for the underdog.
I love to see an upset.
I love to see someone defy the odds and make their dreams come true.
Normally I don’t make the time to watch all the games but with a 1-week old newborn who wakes up every hour, wants to be held if he’s going to fall asleep, and still has his nights and his days switched around, I’ve had an unusual chance to keep up with what’s going on with the NCAA tournament since it’s on in the background.
And I’ve been reminded of what it takes for an underdog to win.
It’s not a lucky burst of unlikely scoring. It’s not the emergence of unsung talent that suddenly shines. It’s not a barrage of trick plays that no one has ever seen before.
Quite the contrary, you know there is a chance the underdog might win when you see these 5 things.
1. They make their free throws – They take advantage of the easy opportunities that are given to them.
2. They don’t turn the ball over – They protect themselves from making costly mistakes.
3. They rebound the basketball – They do the hard work of out scrapping their opponents.
4. They play consistent defense – No matter the score they keep their composure and don’t let themselves unravel
5. They move the ball on offense – They play like a team, pass the ball and are patient to take good shots.
In other words, what it takes to pull off an upset…
What it takes to win as an underdog…
What it takes to accomplish what no one would ever think possible for you…
Is to be brilliant at the basics.
To be a master of executing the fundamentals.
To be disciplined under the most extreme circumstances.
If you do those things, then anyone has a chance to win.
Maybe we all have something to learn from watching the underdog.