SALT LAKE CITY (WIBW) -- There's no questioning how hot No. 13 Northeastern is entering the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Northeastern players gather for a photograph during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The Huskies have won 16 of their last 18 games, including the Colonial Athletic Association tournament title.
But players from the Boston-based school seem to be relishing the opportunity to play a storied program like No. 4 Kansas.
"I grew up watching them from time to time," said Anthony Green. "But being able to play them is a different story."
"Seeing Kansas up there was obviously a really happy moment for us," said Bolden Brace, "because the Kansas name has a pretty good legacy in college basketball."
Well, not everyone.
"We're not looking at the name on the front of the jersey," said Shawn Occeus. "At the end of the day, you tie your shoes the same way as we do, you put on the jersey the same way we do. You have to come to play and we're going to make sure we're prepared to play.
"We don't care who we play--it happens to be Kansas."
The last time the Jayhawks were a four seed was in 2006, and their run ended in the first round against 13-seed Bradley.
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