By Rob Everingham
It's March Madness.
Well, at least the start of it, as the MSU-Northern Lights head to Lewiston, Idaho, this weekend for the Frontier Conference Tournament.
With the addition of Lewis-Clark State and Westminster, the Frontier Conference has gone to a six-team tournament on the regular season champion's home floor.
The Lights head into the tournament ranked No. 4 and will take on No. 6 Westminster.
The two teams finished the regular season matched-up, with the Lights winning, 99-84. Northern also beat the Griffins in Salt Lake City when the two teams played.
Northern head coach Tim Walker said Westminster will come out more fired up and more determined after losing last weekend to the Lights.
Walker said they will have to control the Griffins guards, and keep their shooting percentage under 30 from the field. Walker said they will need to come out and match Westminster's intensity and get to the free throw line.
"We just need to play hard and loose," Walker said.
The new format of the tournament won't make any difference, Walker said. This format will just make for some fun and exciting games.
Walker said his team is physically ready for the tournament and he hopes they will come in mentally ready.
L-C is the favorite, Walker said. The Warriors are perfect on the season at home. Walker also said that Rocky is playing their best basketball, as is Carroll.
Walker said they just need to come ready to play, play great defense, and work hard.
The Lights are playing very well and senior Powell Becker played very big last weekend, earning him the player of the week award.
Walker said the biggest thing this weekend is the Lights need to play to win.
Northern has performed well on the road this year and Walkersaid he thinks its intensity will be up.