MSU Eagles Practice

The Morehead State University Coach Eagles practice Friday, March 12, 2021 in Morehead, Ky. The Ohio Valley Conference Champions leave for Indianapolis Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. Photo by John Flavell / For The Daily Independent

The Morehead State Mens Basketball team’s big dance to Indianapolis for the NCAA has rallied the Morehead community together.

After a ten-year absence from the NCAA Tournament, the MSU men’s basketball team will go up against West Virginia University on Friday, March 19 at 9:50 p.m. The return has brought a new wave of excitement among the locals of the Morehead community.

“I think there was a revitalization here on campus when we won [the OVC],” said Emily Wiley, President of the Student Government Association (SGA). “I think everybody even if you were just passing by you could feel the energy and we were excited to be on campus again.”

Josh Grogan, a longtime follower of MSU basketball, is confident that MSU will succeed in the NCAA.

“They are fire. They are slept on,” Grogan. “I think the team, the energy is there, the coaching is there, so I think they can win.”

Wiley said the big dance provided MSU a newfound sense of pride and a reason to celebrate being an Eagle.

“I have no doubt that our Eagles will make it,” said Wiley. “I am very excited for them and the sky is the limit for them.”

Grogan knows the Eagles are prepared to face the Mountaineers.

“I think they have everything figured out and they just got to get in there and play their hardest and keep the energy, because energy is everything,” said Josh Grogan, a senior track and field athlete. "If they keep that bench loud like they have been I think they are going to do big things.”

Frank Greene hopes this opportunity will show off MSU’s abilities.

“It’s going to put us on the map show that we are not just for people who don’t want to go to UK or can't go to UK,” said Greene, Chief of Staff for SGA “It's like we are an actual D1 school like we have the athletics, the academics and we are an actual college. We aren't just small town.”

Morehead locals that want to see the game can go to Sawstone off Main Street, who will be airing the game live on Friday night in their newly decorated tap room.