The LSU Tigers were a popular pick to lose early in the NCAA Tournament. Many had the Tigers, who are embroiled in a controversy surrounding coach Will Wade and the FBI, losing to No. 14 seed Yale in the first round.

Many others had the Tigers falling to Maryland (or Belmont or Temple) in Round 2, but that wasn’t to be either.

Instead, a tough, resilient LSU squad ended up winning 69-67 over Maryland on Saturday thanks to a clutch last-second layup by Tremont Waters.

After the game, coach Tony Benford had plenty of praise for his team. Here’s what he had to say about the game in his postgame press conference:

On Tremont Waters’ last-second shot:

On advancing to Sweet 16 amid controversy:

On Skylar Mays’ big performance:

On Tigers performance in the clutch: