Mar 17, 2014 9:27 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
It was a historic weekend for Cal Poly's basketball team. For the first time in the school's history, the Mustangs won the Big West conference title, which automatically sends them to the NCAA tournament.
"As happy as I am for Cal Poly and the program, it's like why not one of the six years I was sports director? But, I couldn't be happier for them," joked former KSBY sports director Andrew Masuda.
Masuda has followed Cal Poly's basketball team religiously for years, and the year he leaves news- is when the team happened to make it big.
He said, "I was Arizona for spring training with my family and friends, and the championship game was on, in the bar, and I just kept going back and forth, watching, checking my phone."
And so was every Mustang fan out there, hoping on Saturday, the team would beat the odds.
"As a seven seed, it wasn't really expected," said KSBY sports reporter Bill Halter.
In the big west tournament's 39-year history, a 7th seed had never won the title. It's also a historic win for the school. The Mustangs were one win away from the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2007, but 2014 proved to be the year.
Halter said, "For so many people, and so many long time Cal Poly fans, the thought of being able to fill in Cal Poly on a NCAA bracket is just so foreign to them."
Cal Poly also enters March Madness with one of the worst records in NCAA tournament history, with 13-19. But, those who bleed green and gold say they believe now that nothing is impossible.
Masuda said, "Coach Callero and the Mustangs just keep making the Central Coast proud. You're the Cinderella story, but we've always believed in you along the way."
Cal Poly will play Texas Southern from Ohio on Wednesday at 3:40pm.
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