HAYS, Kansas — After capturing the MIAA tournament for the first time since joining the conference 6 years ago, the Fort Hays State University Tigers had little time to celebrate. FHSU will head to University of Central Oklahoma for a Saturday showdown with West Texas A&M in the South Central Regional opening round.
"Its (the conference title) relatively meaningless when you look at what kind of success we are going to have this coming week," said Tiger head coach Mark Johnson. "UNO won our conference a year ago, got beat in the first round. There's not a whole lot of transfer from success in the conference tournament carrying over to the NCAA tournament."
The Tigers are certainly no strangers to the post-season. This is FHSU's 5 NCAA appearence in the 10 years Johnson has been head coach, including last season, when the Tigers lost in the second round.
"We're a team that's been through it before, it's not like it's gonna be the first time for us," said Johnson. "Some people and teams thrive on that, some get a little tight and I think this group did a good job last year of handling the pressure of the games."