LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Shiloh Robinson says a short walk from his hotel room to a team meeting cannot be done alone in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bubble. Robinson says players will need to be escorted by an ambassador for accurate contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. The Liberty striker jokes that he’s “cocooned” in his hotel room while waiting for the Flames’ first-round game on Friday. Players will be tested for COVID-19 daily in Indianapolis.
Robinson is from Kearney, Nebraska and is a sophomore with Liberty. This season he has averaged 4 points and 3 rebounds while appearing in 28 games. Liberty qualified for the NCAA tournament as the Atlantic Sun Conference Champion. The Flames will face Oklahoma State on Friday in a 12-game winning streak that is the second-longest in the nation.
Robinson says attending March Madness is a dream come true. He remembers watching NCAA tournament games as a kid in Kearney. Robinson specifically remembers the cheers for Cinderella teams that the Flames could become this season. Liberty is a # 12 seed with a 23-5 record.
In high school, Robinson was an all-state selection helping Kearney in the NSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament. He says he found a perfect fit with Liberty. Robinson congratulates the coaching team and the Lynchburg, Virginia community on feeling welcome more than 1,200 miles from home.
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