Nearly seven hours before No. 1 Gonzaga handed a no-doubt-about-it 86-74 defeat to No. 5 Texas, the best player in college basketball sauntered into a dead-quiet McCarthey Athletic Center in his go-to pair of walkaround black slippers.
"You should get rid of those," Drew Timme's mother teased as the family stood on the court where Timme would soon enough drop a career-high 37 points against the fifth-ranked team in the country.
"Not a chance," Timme instantly replied to Mom.
Those cozy slip-ons were housing two of the most valuable and crafty feet the college game has seen in a long time. The overwhelming preseason pick for national player of the year eventually ditched his slippers for a flashy pair of Gonzaga-red Nikes and went to work Saturday night. What resulted over the course of nearly two hours was the best game of his career: 37-and-7 on 15-of-19 shooting.