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The Buc Report: Basketball team is on a winning streak

December 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

The men’s basketball team is on a winning streak, but Head Coach Brian Vraney says it’s important his team stays humble and keeps striving to improve.

“We’ve gotten off to a good start,” he says of the season’s first eight games. “We’re just trying to keep it in perspective. There’s a lot of work to do yet, but we’re in a good position to start the season.”

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After winning four of five recent Midwest Conference games, Beloit is tied for first place in the conference, according to Vraney.

“I don’t know when the last time that happened was, but it feels good,” he says.

The coach credits the players’ success to their strong off-season, their team chemistry, and their unselfish play on the floor.

Vraney says the team got off to a tough start losing their first two games against UW-Whitewater and Lakeland College, both of which were favored to win their respective conferences. Nevertheless, Vraney says his players have gotten better with each game.

The team won their next game against Dominican University, but went on to be defeated by St. Norbert College in the first of their five MWC games.

“But they rebounded and won the next four,” Vraney says. “How they handled that stretch of games and their response to the couple losses in there and how they stayed motivated and kept working—that stood out to me.”

For now Vraney says the team’s focus is on tonight’s game against MSOE at 7 p.m. in Milwaukee.  This is their second-to-last non-conference game.

After the shortened holiday break, the team resumes practice on Dec.  28 in preparation for their first game in the New Year on Jan. 2 against Grinnell College.

As for the team’s MWC Tournament prospects, Vraney says it’s too early to tell.

“I told the guys to stay focused and to take this one game at a time. Certainly everyone’s goal is to make the tournament, and I would love to host it,” he says. “I’m excited about where we’re at, and I want the group to continue moving forward.”