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February 27, 2014

Plainsmen ask ‘Why not us?’

ENID, Okla. — Enid coach Ryan Wilkinson was honest with the Plainsmen in the run up to their 8 p.m. postseason opener against host and third-ranked Union.

A win would be an upset. A big one. The Redskins are taller, faster and more athletic than Enid — all made apparent by Union’s (21-2) record and Plainmen’s (2-21) mirrored marks — and getting that upset and extending the season would take not just Enid’s best possible showing, but something less than Union’s A-game.

His caveat was equally true: every year, in every sport, upsets happen.

“Why not us?” Wilkinson said. “Every year, you see it in high school, you see it in the NCAA Tournament, Final Four. So why not us?”

Union enters the regional round on its best stretch of the season, winning seven straight games, five of them against teams in 6A’s top 14, and only one by fewer than double digits. The Redskins beat No. 12 Broken Arrow and No. 13 Muskogee by a combined 38 points before tonight’s game.

Enid has lost nine straight, the second-longest skid of the season after an 0-10 start.

“They understand,” Wilkinson said. “They understand the enormity of the situation, that (Union) is really good, but it only takes once. It only takes them having an off game and us having an on game to give us an opportunity … But you’ve got to go in with the preparation that, if they leave the door open, leave that hope, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

A loss would hold the Plainsmen to their lowest win total since 1997-98, when they finished 2-21.

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