Lions draw St. Catharine in Nationals first round
NAIA 32-team tournament to be broadcast on-line
Complete SAGU Coverage will be provided daily
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the brackets for the 77th annual Buffalo Funds – NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.
The 32-team, single elimination format will take place from March 19-25 at the Municipal Auditorium (cap. 10,116) in Kansas City, Missouri.
A year after finishing second, Southwestern Assemblies of God University returns as the No. 5 seed. The Purple Pride has spent the entire season ranked between No. 1 and No. 5.
SAGU will depart for KC on Monday morning aboard their charter bus. It is a 553 mile trek from Waxahachie.
The Lions will carry a 26-5 record into a first round date on Thursday, March 20, against St. Catharine College (Ky) (18-12).
The Patriots shoot the ball better than SAGU. They also grab more offensive rebounds, ranking second nationally to SAGU’s #9, averaging 15.7 to the Lions’ 14.3.
Fans can view the action on pay-per-view video or follow on LiveStats. The contest is slated to start with a 4:30pm (CST) opening tip.
The SCC Patriots hail from the Mid-South Conference, where they finished in a tie for third place behind two national powers in No. 2 University of Pikeville (30-2) and No. 14 Georgetown College (22-10), the defending national champion.
Should SAGU manage to get past the Patriots they would play on Friday at 9:45pm against the winner between Hope International (Cal) (22-10) and No. 12 Xavier University (La) (23-8).
The entire bracket is posted above.
To win the "toughest tournament in college basketball," a team has to win five games in six days.
The championship kicks off at 9 am (CST) each of the first three days, with eight games scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Quarterfinal action tips off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, as part of a day that includes the first-ever All-Star Game, Slam Dunk and 3-Point Contests.
The semifinals are slated for Monday, March 24 at 6 pm and 8 pm.
The championship final will start at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, March 25. The game will be broadcast in high definition on ESPN3.com.
For tickets as low as $3 / game, visit NAIAHoops.com.
NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of 17 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the first 30 games of the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.