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Rams Expecting Bounce Back Season

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/18/2013

Tim Mergel's first season as head coach at his alma mater was a difficult one to say the least. Madison finished at 2- 21 overall, while going winless in the OCC (0-14). But Mergel and the young Rams believe they are already a step ahead here in the preason, than perhaps where last year's squad was at any point during their campaign.

"We definitely got a lot more coming in this year than we did last year." Senior point guard Bryce Luckie says. "Practice has been a lot more intense already than any point in the year last year."

"Our team is a lot smarter this year." Says sophomore guard Bill Buckley. "We know how to work together more and we have more team chemistry than last year."

"With the guys we have coming back and the returning letterman we have, I think we're farther ahead [than last year]." Mergel says of this year's bunch. "But with that comes higher expectations and I'm gonna expect more out of them."

Madison will open with traditional foe Shelby, who has had the Rams number for the last several years. The Whippets have won their last four meetings with Madison, with the Rams last victory coming back in 2008.

A win to begin this season over Shelby would be "big for us" according to Luckie, and they'll have to do it on a big stage when the Whippets unveil their brand new gymnasium. Mergel has a firm understanding of the rivalry, dating back to his time as a player in the late 90's and says he knows what they'll be up against next Friday.

"They've got a lot going for them with the opening night in their new building." Says Mergel. "And we need to end the streak."

Madison and Shelby will tip- off the season around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov 29 on the WMFD Game of the Week.

   
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