HEMPSTEAD - Hofstra University's head basketball coach Mo Cassara is convinced that the Pride is 25 wins away from making the NCAA tournament.

Cassara, in his second season as the head coach, says he is taking the team to the next level. This year is the first season the team is without leading scorer Charles Jenkins.

The Pride is ranked eighth in the pre-season polls and Cassara says it will take more motivation to get his team going.