NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Two days is all that stands between the SFA Lumberjacks and their biggest game of the year. It's their NCAA Tournament matchup against West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are stiff defensively with the best average for steals in the country (9.9) but trail behind the nation leading Lumberjacks in forced turnovers.
The offensive rebounding behind West Virginia is another one of their many strengths. Averaging almost 16 rebounds per game, they're ranked No. 2 in the country in that category.
Like they have all year, Lumberjacks will be relying on 6-8 freshmen TJ Holyfield to be a presence around the rim.
"TJ's a huge rim presence for us that we really haven't had," said senior forward Thomas Walkup. "He brings length and shot blocking presence, but also on the offensive end he's another guy that can go for 20 points any given night."
"It goes back to me trying to outwork everybody on and off the court, even in the weight room, conditioning, everything," said Holyfield. "I don't like feeling like someone's outworking me. It doesn't feel right."
The Lumberjacks and Mountaineers are battling it out in Brooklyn, New York this Friday night in the Barclay's Center. Game tips off at 6 o'clock.