COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MORE TICKETS PUNCHED TO THE NAIA’S BIG DANCE

ius_logoKENTUCKY INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The top seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS notched another conference title. The Grenadiers (love that name) defeated the 3rd seeded ASBURY EAGLES 74-62 in the KIAC championship game. This after eliminating Alice Lloyd and Cincinatti Christian in the previous 2 rounds.

calmaritimekeelhaulersCALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE – The 2 seeds, the CAL MARITIME  KEELHAULERS, won the CPC title by winning a 66-63 Instant Classic over the 4th seeded MENLO COLLEGE OAKS. The Keelhaulers made their way to the championship game by smacking around the UC- MERCED GOLDEN BOBCATS in the semifinals after their first- round bye.

Bethel (in) PilotsCROSSROADS LEAGUE – The BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS came into this tournament in the 3 spot, but walked away with the conference crown with a nailbiting 68-65 victory over the 5th seeded TAYLOR TROJANS. St Francis (IN) and Marian University fell to the Pilots (riverboat pilots) along the way.

DordtCollege_logo_svgGREAT PLAINS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The (2) DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS put away the (5) MORNINGSIDE MUSTANGS  75-63 to take the GPAC title for 2013. Enroute to the championship game the Defenders dispatched Briar Cliff and Midland University.

College of the Ozarks BobcatsMIDLANDS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 3rd seeded COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS BOBCATS upset the 2 seeds, the BELLEVUE BRUINS, in a 65-58 championship tilt. To get there the Bobcats also took out Central Christian and Oklahoma Wesleyan.

McPherson College Bulldogs logoKANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 8th seeded Cinderellas of the tournament, the MCPHERSON BULLDOGS, made history last night by taking the 2013 conference title with an 87-80 triumph over the 3rd seeded STERLING WARRIORS. Along the way McPherson stunned the top seeded University of St Mary and then Friends College.

Dakota State Trojans logoASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS – At the 3 position the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS cut down the upstart 5 seeds, the JAMESTOWN COLLEGE JIMMIES, in a 78-76 game for the ages. In the first two rounds Dakota State did away with Northern New Mexico and Valley City State.

Warner Pacific College KnightsCASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – The WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE KNIGHTS lived up to their 1 seed, prevailing over the (3) SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS  67-63 for the championship. They got to the title bout by downing Corban and Northwest.

williampennStatesmenMIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – The top seeds, the WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN, put up a Century Club- worthy 104 points to the 81 scored by the 2nd seeded MT MERCY MUSTANGS, to win the crown in a walk. After a bye in the first round the Statesmen defeated  the ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES in the semifinals.

Embry-Riddle EaglesTHE SUN CONFERENCE – The (3) EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES needed Double Overtime, but at length took the conference title with a 91-81 win over the top seeded NORTHWOOD (FL) SEAHAWKS. Webber International and Warner also fell to ERAU along the way to the championship.

Crusaders-MadonnaUWOLVERINE- HOOSIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – This conference waited until the title game for its first upset of the 2013 tournament. The 2 seeds downed the 1 seeds as the MADONNA CRUSADERS defeated the DAVENPORT PANTHERS by a score of 72-58. Northwestern Ohio and Lourdes University were victims of the Crusaders in the 2 previous rounds.

THE FULL NAIA2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD OF 32 TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED TONIGHT AT 8pm ET.            

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18 responses to “COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MORE TICKETS PUNCHED TO THE NAIA’S BIG DANCE

  1. D Wheeler

    I was sorry to see Menlo College lose but hopefully Cal Maritime will represent the conference well at the tournament.

  2. I want 2 play 4 IUS Grenadiers now!

  3. This is great! The Keelhaulers r my new favorite team!

  4. I want to play for Bethel College next year!

  5. Grenadiers and the Keelhaulers are sick!

  6. Look for the Blue Raiders to go all the way!

  7. One site to find all these other divisions! Convenient!

  8. I’m a big NFL fan but ur college hoops r fun.

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