Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, Eastern Kentucky University and head men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer have agreed in principle to a contract extension through 2018.

Under Neubauer’s guidance in 2013-14, the Colonels won the program’s sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship and made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Eastern nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the Big Dance, leading the Jayhawks with 8:55 left in the game and trailing by only five with 2:28 to go.

“I am very proud of coach Neubauer and his staff, and the superb job they have done in recruiting the right kind of student-athlete to EKU,” Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said. “As stellar as Jeff’s win-loss record is, we should all be even more pleased by the fact that the program graduates more than 90 percent of the student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility during Jeff’s tenure. That is the most important statistic.”

Before giving Kansas all it could handle in the NCAA Tournament, Neubauer led the Colonels on a methodical march through the OVC Tournament. Eastern won three games in three days and trailed for only 41 seconds during the entire tourney.