ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ohio is happy to make room for anyone who wants to jump on the bandwagon.
Just don't expect the Bobcats (29-7) to buy into that whole lovable underdog thing.
Yes, they realize they're the 13th seed, the only "little guy" left in a tournament that now looks like a who's who of college basketball. They're well aware it would take them another century or two to match top-seeded North Carolina's tradition -- they're in the regional semifinals for the very first time, while the Tar Heels have lost count of how many times they've been here.
But they don't much care.
Ohio guard D.J. Cooper says none of the Bobcats feel as if they're a 'Cinderella' team, believing they "can compete with anybody on the national stage."
Even North Carolina (31-5).