The Eastern Washington Eagles will alight in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for their next round of the National Invitation Tournament, where they will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Eagles, whose season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, have displayed a dogged determination in the NIT, having triumphed in both of their previous games. Led by the tenacious Tyler Kidd, the Eagles have been able to outlast their opponents in two hard-fought victories.
Eastern Washington has the chance to make program history with a win against the Cowboys. A victory would propel the Eagles to the NIT semifinals and grant them the opportunity to make a statement on the national stage.
Oklahoma State, on the other hand, is seeking its first NIT victory since 2011. The Cowboys are no strangers to the tournament, having participated in it seven times since 2009. Despite their experience, the Cowboys have struggled to reach the semifinals.
The Eagles will have to dig deep to combat the Cowboys’ home court advantage. The Cowboys have been dominant on their home court this season, having posted an impressive 14-2 record.
Eastern Washington, however, is no stranger to adversity. The season was off to a rocky start, but the Eagles managed to turn it around, ultimately winning five of their last six games before the abrupt end to the season.
The Eagles will need to rely on their tenacity and resilience to battle the Cowboys in what promises to be a difficult and technical matchup. Eastern Washington will also need to draw on their collective experience to have a chance to make history and reach the NIT semifinals.