Fans are invited to attend the opening game on March 2 in Atlanta, GA.
2/26/2013 3:25:04 PM
The Randolph men's basketball team will make its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this Saturday, March 2 in Atlanta, GA. Students, alumnae, alumni and all WildCat fans in the Atlanta area are invited and encouraged to attend the opening round game against Emory University.
LYNCHBURG, VA – The brackets for the 2013 NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament were released on Monday afternoon, and the WildCats were selected to make their first-ever appearance on the national stage as they earned a Pool C, "at-large" spot.
The 21-6 Randolph men's squad will take on the Eagles of Emory University this Saturday, March 2 in Atlanta, GA with a time to be determined. The WildCats have never played the Eagles in their young six-year history, and this will also be the first meeting with any team from the University Athletic Association.
The Eagles come into the contest with a 19-6 records, as EU finished 10-4 in the UAA. Emory is a winner in all of its last five games, including a 72-54 victory over Rochester on Friday evening. The Eagles have played only one over Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) school this year, defeating Virginia Wesleyan College 91-82 back on December 30.
For the College, this is only the second time that a WildCat men's team has gone to the NCAA Tournament, as the Randolph men's soccer team earned an automatic bid back in 2011. This at-large selection is the first in College history, as the WildCats were picked as one of the 62 teams to compete, earning just one of 19 Pool C bids. The winner of Saturday's contest will play the winner of Saturday's game between College of Redlands (CA) at Whitworth University (WA) on March 9.
"I am very happy that the hard work and successful regular-season our team put forward was rewarded by the NCAA Tournament selection committee today with a bid to the national tournament," said Randolph head coach Clay Nunley. "While there are many teams worthy of consideration, our group was deserving of this honor and I'm proud of their accomplishment."
For more information, brackets, times and locations of all games in the Division III men's basketball tournament, log on to NCAA.com HERE.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications