C MARVIN JEFFERSON|
Equally as important as the seeding implications tomorrow night, Vandal Nation will be saying "good bye" to the three seniors on the 2008-09 team. Luis "Chevy" Augusto, Trevor Morris and Terrence Simmons will each be playing his final game in the Cowan Spectrum. The three will be honored in a brief ceremony taking place before the introduction of the starting lineups.
After last night's win, Verlin stressed how hard the team has worked to have a chance to finish in the top half of the WAC standings and how important these last two games are to the resurgent basketball program. "I thought it was as big a win as we've had at home all year," he told the media last night. "Here's what's hard: We're playing for a lot right now. If we can wear our white uniforms at the WAC tournament, that's a big accomplishment for this program. Our guys knew, and we knew, that this was the only way that we could get a three, four or five seed, and we accomplished that tonight. I thought we battled like crazy all night long. It was just a physical, hard-fought game from start to finish, and I was proud of our guys for battling."
G KASHIF WATSON|
This year's squad is the most successful since the 1998-99 Vandal men finished 16-11 and third in the Big West Conference. In their first three years in the WAC the Vandals finished ninth twice and sixth last year. Those three teams won a total of 7 conference games. Idaho is 8-7 going into the Fresno game and is 10-3 at home.
We'll be there and we hope to see you there too. Encourage your friends to attend...that way we'll all have a chance to say with pride (Vandal pride!) we were there watching and cheering as the 2008-09 Vandals took that first big step towards "Restoring The Glory."