Pilots Prepare for National Tournament
March 13, 2006
The LSUS men’s basketball team has made its way to Kansas City, Missouri, for the NAIA National Tournament. The Pilots are set to play Wednesday, March 15, at 2:15 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. The Pilots are the number two seed in the tournament and will square off with Southern Polytechnic State University of Georgia.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to be here and to have a chance to play for a national championship,” commented head coach Chad McDowell as his team headed for practice. “We can’t wait to get into the Auditorium and play against a new team. We feel like we are playing our best basketball of the season,” said junior point guard Freddy Hughes.
The team is practicing at Park University this week, as they prepare for Southern Poly. “I think we are ready to play. We are eager to get the tournament started and get going. We are ready to get after it,” said McDowell when asked about his team’s attitude. “Last year should really help us out in being relaxed and focus. We feel like we’ve been here before and know what to expect,” said senior Derrick Sowell as he was leaving the hotel.
The Pilots will prepare tomorrow at Park and open up tourney play Wednesday afternoon. Please stay tuned for more stories from Kansas City as the Pilots make their way to the championship.
Fans can check out the game stats online at www.naia.org (http://www.naia.org/). Fans can also purchase live video webcast of each game at the NAIA website.
Story by athletic supporter and NAIA Trainer of the Year Lance Champagne