CALDWELL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The College of Idaho Men's Basketball team has a target on their backs.
After all, they're entering this week's NAIA Division II national tournament as the number two seed.
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The Yotes just won the Cascade Conference Championship for a third consecutive year, behind Army veteran Matt Meyers. The 28 year-old scored a season-high 19 points in the win over Southern Oregon, 70-55.
C of I is coming off a Final Four appearance last year and all eyes on this Caldwell team.
Colby Blaine looks to keep the winning tradition going, after taking over head coaching duties prior to the season. Blaine was an assistant for four years and prior to that, spent time at the College of Southern Idaho, helping the Golden Eagles to the 2011 national championship and three Region 18 titles.
One of his assistants, Shelby Lindley, spent two years at CSI, helping them win the 2017 Region 18 title.
Both are excited to get the tournament started with Voorhees, out of South Carolina.
"They're really athletic, they press and trap, so it's not something we saw a lot in our league," explained Blaine. "But we played some teams in the beginning of the year that like to do that. So at the end of the day, when it comes to the tournament, it comes down to what you do best; so we're just prepping our guys to handle it emotionally and we'll see how we do."
For Lindley, he says, "I got the chance to go Hutch when I was at CSI for a year, so going back to the national tournament, I'm excited but it makes it easier when we have an experienced group." He adds, "a lot of our guys know exactly what to expect. It makes it easier on the coaches."
Watch Monday as we catch up with the coaches on how they were reunited at the College of Idaho.
Highlights courtesy of: College of Idaho Athletics