One factor that would seem to be in Denver’s favor heading into Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup against No. 1 seed Loyola is a familiarity with reaching this stage of the NCAA tournament as underdogs. The Pioneers entered the 2011 quarterfinals as the No. 6 seed and as an underdog, but stunned No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins,14-9, to advance to the Final Four.
But much as he did with the question of defeating a team three times in a single season, Tierney shrugged off any suggestion that his team’s experience is an edge against a Greyhounds team making its first appearance in the quarterfinal round since 2001.