The UW-L men's basketball team is on the brink of a historic WIAC championship, but the talk in the locker room is far from it.
After a 62-60 loss at Mitchell Hall on Saturday to UW-Oshkosh, the Eagles' conference lead is just one game over the Titans and UW-River Falls with two games remaining in the regular season. UW-L will travel to UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday before hosting UW-Stevens Point this Saturday.
The Eagles rallied from down nine points midway through the second half against Oshkosh to eventually lead in the game's final minute before losing. Head coach Ken Koelbl said his team is focused on the next game up, not the possibility of clinching the program's first title since 1965.
"I think our guys will respond the same way with this, disappointment that we lost the basketball game, but they're not going to let it take away their heart," Koelbl said. "They'll come back and work hard and be prepared and ready to go to Eau Claire to battle up there."
"We really don't have to deviate from what we do, we're pretty confident in our system and our guys and how we run our offense and defense," senior guard Jared Staege said. "Just communicate, again, like I said, believe in each other, and just having big hearts, and that's what a lot of guys on this team have."