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Pointers dealing with "Pressure of Perfection"


The Pointers are still unbeaten at 16-0 and are off to their best start in program history.

And it seems like the only thing that can beat them right now is themselves.

"When we play well this year, it's when we're firing on all cylinders. When we play bad, we're doing things on our own to hurt us," Pointers junior guard/forward Joe Ritchay said.

Even when the Pointers haven't played well, they still found a way to come out on top. With the team's record still perfect, the players are finding it harder to ignore the number under the win column.

"As the number grows, the popularity of it grows," Pointers senior guard Tyler Tillema said. "You get asked more questions about it. We're breaking, we set the record for best start in 116 years. It's definitely something you hear but it's also something that you try to keep away. It's definitely a topic."

Point's last loss is still fresh in their minds--a 67-58 defeat to Calvin in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"We definitely remember that. And that fuels us," Ritchay said. "We don't want to feel that again so it fuels us to get better every day."

Whether this team stays undefeated or not, the goal remains the same, to bring another national championship trophy back to Stevens Point.

"That's an expectation here, the guys came here because that's what they want to do," Pointers head coach Bob Semling said. "But they are smart enough to know that it's just staying focused, staying in the moment, and understanding what you have to do daily to get better.

The Pointers haven't won a national title since 2010.

"The regular season, yeah it's important. The WIAC championship, it's important," Tillema said. "But at the end of the year, you want to finish the season with a win."

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