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LSUS holds watch party for NAIA tournament selection

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The LSU Shreveport Pilots won the 2013-14 Red River Athletic Conference Champions and so they will be making their 10th consecutive trip to the post season party at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri, the site of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Tournament. The Pilots will host all fans and media who would like to attend in the University Center Theater on the campus of LSUS tomorrow night (Wed. March 12) for a watch party to see who the Pilots will be playing. The doors open at 7:40 p.m. and the selection show will begin at 8 p.m. LSUS head coach Kyle Blankenship and the players will be available for the media following the show.

"Making our 10th consecutive appearance in the National Tournament is very special," said Coach Blankenship who is just in his second year as the Pilots head coach. "There have been many great LSUS teams to play in Kansas City and we are extremely proud to carry on that tradition this year."

Since the final top 25 rankings have not been released yet it is almost impossible to determine possible opponents for the Pilots in the first round. Coach Blankenship is just pleased to get to make the trip to K. C., "We are just excited for the opportunity to represent our university and the entire community on a national stage."

LSUS (21-8) is just one of three teams in this year's field that will be making at least their 10th consecutive trip to Kansas City joining Georgetown and Oklahoma Baptist. This year's first round games will be played on Wednesday March 19 and Thursday March 20.

The Pilots are 8-9 in the previous 10 national tournaments but most teams are not as lucky as the Pilots to have had the opportunity to play in so many national tournaments, "Over the past years, LSUS has won several games at the national tournament and I think that fact alone will help give this year's team some confidence in knowing what it takes to win in K. C.," said Coach Blankenship.

Last year the Pilots went on an incredible run at the Municipal Auditorium as they made the school's first ever appearance in the Fab Four. Their Cinderella run began with a 91-87 win over the 8th seed Pikeville and then upsetting the 9th seed Evangel 77-70 in the Sweet Sixteen matchup. They continued their magical run taking down the unbeaten and no. 1 seed Columbia 79-78 but the clock finally struck midnight as the Pilots lost on a last second long three point bucket falling to the no. 13 seed Georgetown 90-88 who went on to win the National Championship.

Information provided by the LSUS sports information department.

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