There aren’t many people who headed into this year’s NCAA Tournament with more March Madness experience under their belt than Drew Timme.
This marks the third season the Gonzaga star has participated in The Big Dance (it would have been his fourth if the tourney hadn’t been canceled in 2020), and he’s played an instrumental role in helping the Bulldogs extend a Sweet 16 appearance streak that stretches all the way back to 2013.
Timme is certainly no stranger to playing on college basketball’s biggest stage, and the man who participated in the title game in 2021 was undoubtedly able to use his veteran status to his advantage when Gonzaga faced off against TCU on Sunday.
The Bulldogs headed into the contest as 4.5-point favorites over the Horned Frogs, and they would’ve covered if not for the all-time bad beat that transpired when Damion Baugh hit a meaningless three with less than a second to go in a contest that was decidedly over.
Timme was easily the star of the show for Gonzaga, as he put up a game-high 28 points in addition to 12 rebounds and six assists.
It’s safe to say he was amped to see the Zags extend the aforementioned streak based on the f-bomb he dropped on live television in a postgame interview.
He may have cleaned things up a bit while speaking with the media after the contest, but he didn’t exactly exercise a ton of restraint based on what he had to say during that press conference.
Plenty of TCU fans chirped Timme and his team ahead of the showdown, and the Gonzaga standout made it clear he’d seen some of those comments before saying he expected better from supporters hailing from a “highly-educated school” and deploying an incredibly smug grin.
Drew Timme saw some chatter online from TCU fans before the game and used that as some extra motivation.
"Throw lighter fluid on the fire if you wish. I thought TCU was a highly educated school and they didn't sound so smart with their comments."
PLEASE STAY TILL THE VERY END. pic.twitter.com/NGuGVGoPcy
— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) March 20, 2023
That will undoubtedly rub plenty of TCU fans the wrong way, but it’s hard to blame him for taking a well-earned victory lap.