SFA ready to take on tall order in first tournament appearance

If you know an SFA Lumberjack, chances are their chests were poked out a little further today.

The 'Jacks made history after clinching their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.

With their 68-57 victory over UT San Antonio on Sunday in the Southland Conference Tournament championship, the 'Jacks sealed their spot in the field of 65 teams.

The 'Jacks face a tall order in their first appearance: Syracuse. Syracuse was the runner up in the Big East tournament, and the very same team that battled Connecticut in six overtimes last week.

The 'Jacks are not intimidated.

"If you believe in yourself anything can happen," head coach Danny Kaspar said. "Anything can happen. I think I have the type of players that with the type of defense we use, if Josh (Alexander) and (Matt) Kingsley and someone else steps up, we're going to win. We're not going to go and just participate."

"We're excited of course, we're excited to be in," SFA senior Nick Shaw said. "Definitely Syracuse is not one of our favorite picks. We don't like to play against zone that much but I think we'll be alright."

The14th seeded Lumberjacks will take on the third seed, Syracuse this Friday in Miami. Game time is at 11:15 a.m.