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Whitewater men's basketball working towards another postseason run

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WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- The defending Division III men's basketball national champions are constantly on the run in practice. The Whitewater Warhawks are trying to keep their distance from the rest of the pack, while chasing yet another national title

"Practice is pretty intense. Everyday we want to get better," Whitewater senior guard Quardell Young said.

"People are working when you're not working, you just have to make sure you're working harder than those other people," Whitewater senior guard Cody Odegaard said.

"We like to run and pressure people so our practices have to prepare us to do that," Whitewater head coach Pat Miller said.

The fast pace in practice is how head coach Pat Miller likes it. The fundamental reason this program's won two DIII national titles in the previous three seasons and currently holds a record of 102-16 since 2011

"These guys because of their team attitude, their preparation, their willingness to defer to the hot hand, whatever we have to do to win games has been the difference," Miller said.

"The pinnacle of success that we'd been able to reach, we just want to get back," Young said.

If you ask the men's basketball team, Whitewater is a football school. The Warhawk football team has won six of the last DIII football national titles, but that hasn't kept the basketball team from doing its part too.

"It's like raising the bar each year. That team wins and you want to do just as well as that team. We're competing against each other but for each other," Young said of the Whitewater football team.

"They see the other sports teams having great success and it's a motivator," Miller said.

Four of the five Whitewater starters were on those two national title teams in 2012 and 2014, including senior guard Quardell Young. Young scored the winning bucket in last year's national championship game and he's hit three more game-winners this year.

"Just being able to finish at his size is unbelievable. He's kind of saved our tails a couple times this year," Odegaard said.

"In my opinion he's the best player in the country. To be a great team you need that type of leadership, you need that type of athleticism that you can go to when games are on the line," Miller said.

With its experience and its ability to close, the Whitewater basketball team believes it can win any game it plays, which makes March a dangerous month once again for any opponent it plays.

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