The Ottumwa Courier


December 26, 2013

Racing down the road to Hutch

OTTUMWA — Almost three full months remain between now and the start of the 2014 NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament.

That doesn't mean it's too early for the 'Warrior Nation' to start making travel plans for mid-March, right?

Well, maybe.

A few members of the Indian Hills basketball fan base have already checked into the availability of hotel rooms in Hutchinson, Kansas. For those that have checked, it's is still too early for hotels to take reservations for the week of March 17-22.

So maybe fans can't quite finalize plans to be in 'Hutch' for the NJCAA national basketball tournament. That's fitting, because the team those fans root doesn't want to talk about making March travel plans right now.

Making plans on beating Indiana Dabney on Jan. 3, right now, is much more important.

"We still have a lot of work to do," sophomore transfer Quevyn Winters said. "We're trying to make history, but we're trying to stay humble."

Being humble could prove to be difficult at this point of the year for some teams, especially if they accomplished what Indian Hills has so far in the 2013 portion of this season. Besides earning the nation's number one ranking for the second time in three seasons under head coach Barret Peery and winning all 15 games in the process, Indian Hills has proved to be the type of team that can produce decisive wins against any and all opponents.

The Warriors closed out the first half of the season facing a pair of 10-win schools from Illinois, Kankakee and Carl Sandburg. IHCC won both games by an average of 41 points, including the most decisive victory of the year as Indian Hills headed into the holiday break off a 60-point thrashing of Carl Sandburg, 128-68, tying the second-most points produced in a single game by this Warrior team.

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