Tallahassee Community College Preps For Big Showdown With Northwest Florida State

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Posted at 12:15 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 19:38:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Community College men's basketball team started off Panhandle Conference play in the best way possible- they're 3-0. They're also ranked sixth in the state, and are getting some attention in the National polls.

The men are coming off a bye, and it couldn't have come at a better time. This weekend, the Eagles have a date with Northwest Florida State, who is also undefeated in Conference play, ranked second in the state, and eighth in the country.

The Raiders are also the defending National Champions, and the winner on Saturday, takes over sole possession of first place in the Conference. 

Head coach Mark White said that for the first time this season, everyone on his team is healthy. He added given his team's work ethic, he never doubted the Eagles would be where they are at this point in the season.

"They are the ones that have bought in to what we're doing. They have bought in to my coaching style, you know, the toughness, the discipline on and off the court," he said after practice Thursday. "All the credit goes to our guys. What's got us 3-0 is we've been competing and playing extremely hard. I just want to see us do that on Saturday, and let the chips fall how they may."

The Eagles ladies tip-off before the men on Saturday, and their match-up with Northwest, is just as important. The two are tied at 1-2 for third in the Conference, with the winner taking over sole possession of first place. The Eagle ladies tip off at 6:30/ET, while the men's game follows.