Practice day as Colgate's Cinderella story continues in Ohio

Head Coach Matt Langel and a few players took the podium for their press conference.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 1:31 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 2:35 PM

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- It's practice day at Nationwide Arena Colgate men's basketball team's Cinderella story continues.

The 15th seeded Colgate Raiders took part in a press conference Thursday afternoon in advance of their matchup Friday with 2nd seeded Tennessee.

The talk of the press conference was about the team being in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996. They also discussed how excited the players are to be performing on college basketball's biggest stage in front of a nationally televised CBS audience.

Head Coach Matt Langel and a few players took the podium for their press conference.

Then they hit the floor for open practice Thursday afternoon, trying to get a feel for the arena where they look to upset No. 2 seed Tennessee Friday afternoon. 

The Raiders definitely have what it takes to do it, Colgate shoots well from beyond the arc, a cool 39 percent from 3. We've seen what sophomore point guard Jordan Burns can do after a dominating 35 point performance in the Patriot League Championship and the Raiders have 6'10" conference Player of the Year Rapolis Ivanasuskas, who can get to the rack at anytime or pull up and drain the outside shot.

"Just thank you – thank you to my professors for letting me come here. In all seriousness thank you so much. We know we're going to get a lot of good viewership back home around that area. We've been supported, we've been understood. And guys have really been - even coming out here we have a lot of football players coming out here to support us. Just really, really thankful to them," Ivanasuskas said.

But a 15 seed knocking off a 2 seed isn't as common as the Raiders hope, its only happened 8 times in the big dance, Michigan State's loss to middle Tennessee in 2016 was the only one in the past five years.

Coming up Thursday night, we'll hear from Langel and the squad on how they're feeling on the eve of their first NCAA tournament game in 23 years.

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