The University of West Florida is no longer college basketball’s best-kept secret. Its historic run of success a year ago changed that in a hurry.
Spending most of the year ranked in the top 25, soaring as high as No. 9 in NCAA Division II, the Argonauts won a program-record 28 games and lost just four times. They cut down the nets in the Gulf South Conference tournament and took their maiden voyage into the NCAA tournament.
Once viewed as just another game on the schedule, the Argonauts are coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons and are now the circled matchup on the schedules of other teams.
But maintaining that status as one of the better teams in the nation is, in some ways, tougher than getting there in the first place.
The Argos know they will go into every game with a target on their back.
“That is our challenge now,” head coach Jeff Burkhamer said after practice last Wednesday. “We’ve never been at a point where we’ve become the biggest game on an opponent’s schedule. It’s a different approach for us. We know every game is going to be hard to play.”
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