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'Elite' Wildcats gear up for NCAA Quarterfinals

Published On: Mar 21 2014 05:03:26 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico State is surprising the college basketball world, having reached the Elite Eight and a trip to Evansville, Indiana.  The Wildcats are coming off three straight wins in Southern California that propelled them into the NCAA Division 2 Quarterfinals.

"We feel like whoever we play we're going to give it our all," said Rashad Parker, who is averaging 15. 2 points per game. "We feel we have a shot against anybody whether it's Duke or the Golden State Warriors."

The Wildcats need to treat their next challenge -- an NCAA quarterfinal with South Carolina-Aiken on Wednesday -- like any other game, which of course, it's not. 

"It's definitely higher competition," said Rashad Parker, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. "Now that we're playing the top tier talent you can't have as many mistakes.  You have to be more poised and focused."

The Wildcats epitomize the phrase "team effort" as five players are averaging double digits in scoring.

"It's an unselfish and talented team," said Greg Clink, whose in his sixth season as the Wildcats head coach. "We're having fun and trying to prolong this as long as we can."

The Wildcats leave for Evansville on Monday, departing from Chico State's Acker Gym at 3 a.m.