COLUMBUS, OHIO -- It's game day, and every Colgate men’s basketball fan is wondering if the Raiders can be this year's Cinderella story.
— Alicia Daddario (@AliciaDaddario) March 22, 2019
The matchup from Columbus, Ohio as the raiders search for the program's first NCAA tournament victory. But the Raiders face a formidable opponent, the Tennessee volunteers are technically a two seed, but with a stint as the number team in the country this season some argue they could've been a one seed.
The Volunteers are led by back-to-back South Eastern Conference Player of the Year Grant Williams, he averages around 20 a game.
The Raiders understand what they're up against in Friday's contest.
“They’re a great team, they’re a great, great team. They’ve proved that. They're a well-disciplined team very aggressive, very strong. I’m just repeating what everyone knows. From my opinion it’s gonna be a great game, a very aggressive game do what we do best, shoot the three ball and not turn the ball over. I feel good about this game and I’m excited to get going,” said Raiders junior forward Rapolas Ivanauskas.
The best player in the history of Colgate men's basketball, who led them to their only two other NCAA appearances, Adonal Foyle, is even cheering the team on. In a tweet, he encouraged the team to make new history.
These are memories that I will always cherish! @ColgateMBB - It’s now your turn to #MakeNewHistory. Enjoy the moment, let it rip and let’s see what happens! #GoGate #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/lI8a26JOSl
— Adonal Foyle (@afoyle3131) March 22, 2019
“They're very good, they've got two time player of the year Grant Williams Schofield is a great shooter they're a really athletic team probably the most athletic team we'll ever play. They're def a very good team, but were gonna keep sticking to what we do and hopefully get the win,” said Raiders senior forward Will Rayman.
“Amazing, amazing, they were number one for a couple of weeks they have a guy that’s in the running for player of the year so they’re a very good team and we know that. They have a lot of guys that are gonna be in the NBA so it will be a good challenge for us and we'll see where we stand amongst other D1 athletes, so it'll be a good time,” said Raiders sophomore Jordan Burns.
Tipoff between Colgate and Tennessee set for approximately 2:45 p.m. at Nationwide Arena, its win or go home for the Raiders.