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Coach John Brannen said his team is excited about the opportunity to take on the blue blood Wildcats.
"Obviously, it's an honor to be here. For our guys it's been an outstanding year. You hear the word, Cinderella. It's something that takes place once you get to the dance. For us, it has't been like that throughout the regular season. 24-10, winning 121 of our last 14 and 9 out of our last 10.
We talked about all year playing our best basketball when it got to March, and I fell like we've done that for the most part," he said.
Newport Central Catholic graduate, Drew McDonald said he'll remember this experience for the rest of his life.
"After the selection show, we really started to get down to business. We enjoyed the experience of Selection Sunday, but once we heard Kentucky we had a meeting right after that, that's when our business started."
For Brannen, he remembers the success of former coach and Fort Thomas resident, Ken Shields.
"I'm from northern Kentucky and I remember the two national championship finalist team in Division II. Those guys that played for those teams were guys I grew up with. Coach Shields calls me after every game, giving me a congratulatory message," he said. "Twenty years ago, NKU was a school that was not a destination school. It was where kids went to school who couldn't afford to go to Louisville or Kentucky. It's now a destination school."
The game is scheduled to tip at 9:40 from Banker Life Fieldhouse.
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