ASC selected for first ever NCAA Division II National Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS— After advancing to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout Championship for the first time in the school-history, the Adams State College men’s basketball team made even more history as the Grizzlies were selected to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament for the first ever time.
The announcement was made on Sunday evening.
The Grizzlies, along with a packed classroom of friends, family and Grizzly fans watched the NCAA’s selection show via the internet in Plachy Hall.
The Grizzlies, 16-13 overall, were given the sixth seed in the North Central Regional and will face No. 3 seed Metro State (27-3) on Saturday in Winona, Minn. That game will be a re-match of the RMAC Shootout title game that was played on Sunday afternoon.
Game times will be announced on Monday.
The Winona State Warriors, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, were given the top-seed and will host the regional tournament. The Warriors drew No. 8 seed St. Cloud State (Minn.) in the quarterfinal round.
South Dakota was given the fourth seed and will face fifth-seed Nebraska-Kearney in another quarterfinal. Minnesota State, Mankato was given the second seed and will face No. 7 seed Fort Lewis. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Grizzlies and Roadrunners in Sunday’s semifinal round.
The Grizzlies, winners of 12 of their last 15, have been ranked eighth in the North Central Regional Rankings during each of the past two weeks but moved up two spots thanks to their play in this week’s RMAC Shootout.
Adams State defeated UC-Colorado Springs at home on Wednesday night in the quarterfinal round before taking out Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday night in the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo. That 97-90 overtime win over the Lopers was ASC’s first-ever triumph over UNK and put them in Sunday’s RMAC Shootout Championship game against the Roadrunners, who came away with a 70-60 win on Sunday.
Eight teams from each of the eight regions from around the country were selected for the 64-team tournament. The winners of each region will advance to the Elite Eight, to be held in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
KSPK-FM will have live coverage of all of the Grizzlies’ games. The station can be heard at 103.5 in Alamosa and via the internet at www.kspk.com.
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