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COACH AND PROGRAM
The waiting is the hardest part in Springfield.
For the last six seasons, Barry Hinson and the Bears have waited for their chance to move up to the top of the Valley. Last year they came close again, but lost for the second straight year in the tournament championship game, this time to Creighton, and were denied a chance to dance in March.