CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Don't expect Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd to be part of the welcoming committee for Hurricane's first visit to the boys basketball state tournament today.
He'd just as soon make the Redskins feel a bit uncomfortable.
That's why he's hoping for a big start from his squad when the No. 2-seeded Flying Eagles (21-4) take on the No. 7 Redskins (20-5) at approximately 11:15 a.m. today in the Class AAA quarterfinals at the Civic Center.
"Oh, I think we'd like to jump on them early,'' Kidd said. "They're playing with a whole lot of confidence. They believe. We're going to have to bring it for sure.
"It shouldn't give our kids any problems [playing at the Civic Center]. Plus, I feel like we've played in some big games at the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley, the MSAC championship [at the South Charleston Community Center] and the sectionals [at Brushfork Armory]. It's different shooting in places like that.''
Both teams have been playing at a high level in recent weeks, with Woodrow winning 17 in a row and Hurricane 12 of its last 13, with the lone loss coming by one point to state-ranked George Washington.
Still, Redskins coach Lance Sutherland has to wonder if his players will experience any jitters - this being the first time for their school at the state tournament, and going against a program like Woodrow, which owns 16 state championships in basketball.
"Just like I said before we played Logan in the regional,'' Sutherland said, "if we can get over what it says on the front of the jersey, we'll be OK.