The stakes are rising for the UW-La Crosse men's basketball team.
They sit in first place in WIAC by themselves with a crucial conference showdown at River Falls set for Wednesday night.
The Eagles are coming off a win at Whitewater Saturday completing their first season sweep of the Warhawks since the 2006-07 season.
UW-L has now won 11 of their last 13 games to put themselves in this position.
So instead of being the hunter, they are the hunted and it's a role they are welcoming.
"We know we are going to get everybody's best shot so we always got to come ready to play. But it's nice being in this spot now instead of the underdog spot," said forward Ben Meinholz.
"A lot of guys have won state titles in either football in high school, basketball in high school, been to the state tournament. At one point I just asked them, what do we got to do differently as we make this run. To a man, each of them said nothing. You do what you do, and that's really what we've talked about is be who we are and just keep doing the things we've been doing and try not to get to far ahead of ourselves," said head coach Ken Koelbl.
River Falls is tied with Eau Claire at 7-3 in conference play.
Both are one game behind the 8-2 Eagles.