The WKU Hilltoppers have done it again. After winning back to Back-To-Back Sun Belt Titles, the team is facing arguably it's toughest test of the year in the form of Number one seeded Kansas. That hasn't stopped fans from making the trek to Kansas City for the team's second round game.
The Hilltoppers have a monumental task ahead of them but don't think for one second that the team, or better yet, the fans have lost any hope of a tournament run.
"I think we've got a shot. That's why they play the game. We're not a traditional 16-seed. I wouldn't write us off just yet. Ray Harper's had
a lot of luck in March. We're happy to see if we can pull one off tomorrow." said Greg Canty who is a WKU fan living in Kansas City.
Thursday's practice allowed the Topper faithful to take a look at their team up-close in their final tune-up before being thrust into the national spotlight Friday night. They say the eight hour drive is worth it ... no matter the outcome of Friday's contest.
"Detroit. The blizzard. We were on those buses. We would do that for Western. We have two daughters and we all have a degree from Western." exclaimed Becky Hall who is a WKU Fan Living in Louisville.
People around the world wait for college basketball in March and millions of those people will be watching, but for a few local residents it's
to have their team come to them.
"For them to be here this close to us. We couldn't pass it up to come down here and watch them. I think it's really cool. I never would've though they would have made it here, especially the Sprint Center" said Greg & Tucker Nash.
"It's great having them come back to me. I usually come to Diddle Arena at least once or twice a year to catch a game. I was real excited
when I found out the Hilltoppers were going to come out to Kansas City and visit me." added Canty.
"I grew up watching Western all my life and going to their ball games. It's really awesome." said Kellye Nash.
Though many around the country may have their doubts, there is no doubt that the fans of WKU expect nothing less than a win.