“In the offseason you just sit all day, wishing it was the season while you’re practicing and preparing and these are kind of the moments you live for playing this late in the year is nothing better,” Green Bay guard Trevian Bell.
The Green Bay Phoenix men will play in April for the first time in their program’s 50 year history. In the process, they’ll set a single season team record by competing in their 37th game this season against Texas Southern tomorrow night in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinals.
“Just the chance to lace them up again and go out there and play,” Green Bay guard Sandy Cohen said. “It’s an amazing feeling and we’re just blessed to be out here.”
“Not too many teams get to do this, so it’s something new,” Green Bay head coach Linc Darner said. “I’ve never played this late into a season and to keep playing, it’s good. It’s good for our younger guys. The practice time has been great and everything about this tournament has been a great positive for us.”
Green Bay is averaging close to 18 points per victory so far in the CIT and the reason for their success this deep into the postseason? They’re playing fast, loose and confident.
“Everyone is just having fun,” Cohen said. “Everyone’s having fun and everyone is playing well. Everyone is contributing. Everyone’s touching the ball so, we’re really clicking right now.”
That’ll be the key against Texas Southern. The Tigers play the third fastest tempo in the country, averaging almost 82 points per game, but the good news is that the Tigers and the Phoenix both have a similar style of play.
“It just makes it a little easier to prepare for them, but I think we should be good to go,” Cohen said.
“We haven’t seen them,” Darner said. “We didn’t see Bakersfield play any during the year, we didn’t see Florida International, so it’s been fun trying to put a gameplan together on somebody different, watching somebody different. I think it’s exciting for the players that we’re playing somebody that they’re not used to playing.”
Green Bay and Texas Southern tip-off at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kress Events Center.