MCC men open Region V tournament Thursday

WACO, Texas The MCC men's basketball team needs a big week of wins at the Region V tournament to earn a spot in the national tournament in Kansas.

The Highlanders go into the Region V tournament as an underdog out of their conference for the first time in four seasons. After 3 straight conference titles the Highlanders finished a few games out of first place this season.

MCC head coach Kevin Gill says that isn't a total surprise because his guys have been getting every other team's best shot all season long. As the 3-time defending champs the bulls-eye has been on their backs all season.

Gill also says his guys are resilient. He believes they have a chance to put together a run this week even though the tournament field is loaded with nationally ranked teams.

MCC opens the tournament at 1pm Thursday against Odessa.