Defending National Champions: Men’s Basketball Team home opener Nov. 1

Coach Franklin talks about the upcoming season

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Defending National Champions: Men’s Basketball Team home opener Nov. 1

Cheuk Yiu (Noel) Lee

Cheuk Yiu (Noel) Lee

Cheuk Yiu (Noel) Lee

Aulbrey Cates, Staff Writer

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The Trailblazer Men’s Basketball season kicks off on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the PE Complex. The team is ready to defend last season’s NJCAA championship title.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, participated in a pre-season tournament.

It included 28 teams from around the country. They used seven courts to have 14 teams playing at a time. They had it going that the teams had a two hour break in between each of their games. There were 18 Junior colleges and 10 Prep schools. It is one of the biggest recruiting events in the country.

The Trailblazer interviewed Todd Franklin, who has been coaching Men’s basketball at Vincennes University for the last nine years, about his thoughts on this year’s season.

Franklin hopes to see a big crowd  for the first game of the regular season.

It is free for VU students who use their school IDs.

The team will be dropping the championship banner, and would like as many people as possible come out.

There will be basketball alumni, free popcorn, and free T-shirts to students while they last. Also a chance to win a seat in the Comfort Zone. VU fans are asked to wear white to the game.

The more people who are part of the community that come to the games the more pumped the team is about it, Franklin said.

They are going for the record this year of how many times a team has been to national tournament which is 8 times.

When asked how it felt when they won the championship last year Franklin said, “There were two big emotions that went on…a sense of relief and pride.”