Troy, AL- Monday the Troy Trojans gathered for a team meeting at Trojan arena, this time though coach Maestri was there.
3 weeks ago, in a crucial point in the season Troy players had their own meeting and ever since....they've been winning.
"They didn't let the coaches in on the meeting I don't even know the purpose of the meeting was” Said Coach Don Maestri “but when they came out the practice was so intense that i knew something had clicked"
That click then led to the Trojans winning eight of their last 9 games including a season finish with 5 consecutive wins on the way to the regular season sun belt championship.
"That was the main focus , just to get together and be more like a family” Said senior guard Michael Vogler”...and once we got past that we just started to play harder...practice harder and just play as a team together and that would help us out."
Now that the regular season is done the Trojans turn their attention to becoming the first Troy squad to make the NCAA tournament since 2001. The conference title assures them an invitation to the NIT , but that's a parting gift these guys aren't interested in.
"Personally, i don't think any of us are looking forward to going to the NIT” Said guard Brandon Hazzard “We want to go to the big dance that's still the dream we're trying to chase
"If we don't win the tournament then we go to the NIT “Said Coach Maestri” and so to know that ahead of time that's a luxury that a lot of teams don't have that was a real plus also"