All kinds of thoughts and information about Small College Basketball at this wonderful time of the year:
* Between today and tomorrow, we’ve got the second round of the NCAA Division III National Championship, the National Championship games for the USCAA Division I AND Division II, as well as the conference championship games for NCAA Division II and NAIA Division I. Just a thrilling weekend of college basketball.
* When is the last time (if ever) that a team with a 21-game win streak (Emmanuel) plays a team with a 20-game win streak (William Carey) in their own conference championship game? It happens tonight when Emmanuel & William Carey square off at 8:00 p.m. (CST) in the Southern States Athletic Conference. It happens because the conference is large enough that it’s broken into divisions and they play in opposite divisions. Should be a good one.
* The NAIA Division II All Star team has been announced. Here’s the link to the 10 players that have been chosen: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209427989&DB_OEM_ID=27900
* Here’s the link to the NCAA Division III bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-men/d3
* Here’s the link to the latest NCAA Division II regional rankings: http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d2
* Here’s the link to the NCAA Division II home page: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/basketball-men/d2
* The NAIA Division I bracket should be announced this coming Wednesday, March 12.
* Thank you to all of those who have reached out by e-mail with various comments, questions, inquiries. Your interest in Small College Basketball is much appreciated.
The USCAA Division I National Championship game is set for today. It’s Washington Adventist against Tennessee Temple. The championship is being hosted by Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, PA. Here’s the link to the bracket:
In the USCAA Division II National Championship game, it will be Penn State Beaver against Andrews University. This championship game will also be played today in Unionville, PA. Here’s the link to the bracket:
I’ve now been in Municipal Auditorium for over 160 games. This very well could be considered college basketball’s most historic arena. There have been more Final Fours here than any building in the country. The NAIA Tournament, America’s first college basketball National Championship, traces its roots here.
Coach John Wooden won his first title here. The epic triple OT Final Four game between Kansas (featuring Wilt Chamberlain) & North Carolina was here. The color barrier for collegiate basketball National Championships was broken here.
It’s fantastic, and the original wood is still down….but, of course, an updated wood court is placed overtop of the original floor for games today.
There’s more. Much, much more…..but suffice to say that Municipal Auditorium is something special. This history just drips from the walls…
Here are the updated USCAA National Championship brackets:
USCAA Division I
USCAA Division II
Sad to learn about the closing of Victory University in Memphis. Victory was playing basketball within the United States College Athletic Association (USCAA).
Sad to think about the coaches and Athletic Administrators, plus all employees of the school….they all will be out of a job in a few weeks. Think about their families who just found out this news…
I feel for Athletic Director & Basketball Coach Scott Robinson….and the whole staff at the school.
Victory finishes their season (final season, as it turns out) with two losses in the USCAA National Tournament. They fell to Tennessee Temple & Rochester College in their final two games.
Here are a few of the articles: