The players on the Kirkwood women's basketball team like to tease Coach Kim Muhl and call him "The Man, The Myth, The Legend" when he's conducting a post-game interview and they pass him in the hallway.
"The Man, The Myth, The Legend" got even bigger Saturday.
The top-ranked Eagles spanked NIACC, 90-61, in the championship game of the regional tournament at Johnson Hall and will carry a glittering 33-0 record to the national tournament.
Muhl has captured six national titles during his Hall of Fame career and thinks he has the ingredients for Lucky No. 7.
"Oh yeah. We're capable," he said. "We have to stay healthy and get a few breaks."
The NJCAA Division II national tournament will be played in Harrison, Ark., from March 21-25.
NIACC popped in ten 3-pointers in the first half and was within 48-44 at intermission, but the Eagles destroyed the visitors in the second half and won easily.
Muhl has coached a lot of outstanding teams at Kirkwood, but he's never had a club that went undefeated for the regular season and regional.
"Pretty special. Pretty special," he said before the Eagles cut down the championship net. "Great group. We'll see who we've got (at nationals) and go from there."
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