NCAA tourney: Underdog CSU Fullerton prepping to face powerhouse Purdue

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
NCAA tourney: Fullerton prepping for No. 2 Purdue
After a Cinderella run, Cal State Fullerton is heading to the NCAA tournament, where the Titans will face No. 2 seed Purdue.

FULLERTON, Calif (KABC) -- What a run by Cal State Fullerton!

"It's something I've watched all my life. I dreamed of making it to the NCAA tournament, but I didn't think I actually would make it," said Kyle Allman, Jr., the All-Big West Tournament MVP.

The NCAA is the focus now for Cal State Fullerton.

It's been a decade since the Titans qualified for the NCAA tournament.

The two other times they made it were the 1977-78 and 2007-08 seasons.

Lucky 7-8 plays again here in 2017-18.

"My phone has been blowing up like crazy. Everyone is calling to congratulate me and our team. It's just an honor," said freshman Jackson Rowe.

The good news is, the Titans qualified for the big dance.

The bad news is: They are a 15-seed against Big 10 powerhouse Purdue - a No.2 seed.

"It's just going to be a battle of discipline" said Khalid Ahmad, a sophomore guard.

Head coach Dedrique Taylor played his high-school ball in Pomona. He knows a No. 15 seed has beat a No. 2 seed.

But he won't use it as motivation for his team.

"There's only so many things you can control. That's why they play the game. And we have that opportunity," Taylor said.

Cinderella is alive and well wearing a Titans uniform.

They leave for Detroit Wednesday morning and play Purdue on Friday.