PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The University of Pikeville men's basketball team is hard at work in Kansas City preparing for their first game in the national tournament as students back on campus get ready to cheer on the Bears from home.
UPike student, Asha Reed, is doing her homework to prepare for Wednesday's first round matchup. Reed says, "Both of the teams...our team is good, their team is good, it is going to be a very fast paced game. Two players on their team score like 20 points each a game."
UPike Volleyball coach, Leah Harris explains, "We would all love to be out there with them but being here is just as exciting."
Even though fans are far away from all the action, there are several ways they can take part in the big dance. School officials say they will constantly be updating social media sites with updates straight from the team.
Students say game days are a big deal on campus, Brad Andrews explains, "We always dress up and show our school spirit as much as we can, and do a little heckling to get in the other teams head."
Even though their team is more than 700 miles away, students say wednesday will not be any different. "Still going to cheer them on, even though we can't be there physicially, we will be there in spirit," says Andrews.
Reed says they will be ready to support their team, "We will be far away, but we will be loud and ready for them."
As they look for a repeat of that magical moment in 2011.
The watch party for the Bears first round game is set for 9 o'clock Wednesday night in Booth Auditorium. Event organizers encourage all students and folks from the community to come out and cheer on the bears.
Info from UPike Public Relations on how to follow the Bears:
The Student Government Association and the Office for Student Success are planning a "Watch Party" beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night in Booth Auditorium. Students will watch the game via live stream from Kansas City as the Bears take on LSU-Shreveport. Tip-off is set for 9:45 p.m. EDT.
UPIKE's Sports Information Director Rick Bentley will keep us posted via upikebears.com on everything we need to know as the Bears prepare for the opening round of the NAIA men’s basketball national tournament in Kansas City, Mo. “Dear Diary” will be posted each day throughout the tournament at upikebears.com
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With all the ways to follow Bears basketball from Kansas City, you don’t have to miss a minute of the action! Follow live stats as Coach Kelly Wells and the UPIKE Bears take on LSU-Shreveport at 9:45 p.m. EDT tomorrow night in the opening round of the NAIA Div. I Men’s Basketball National Championship
The first 28 games of the national championship will be video streamed live on NAIA.org via NeuLion. Fans can watch with a paid subscription.