|No. 12 EMCC to face fellow first-timer Brunswick to open NJCAA hoops play|
SCOOBA – As March Madness tips off this week around the country, 12th-ranked East Mississippi’s first-round NJCAA Tournament match-up with Brunswick (NC) will feature two schools making their first appearances in the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Taking place Tuesday through Saturday (March 16-20), the 63rd annual national junior college hoops tournament will be held at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan.
Tuesday’s opening-round contest between EMCC and Brunswick will begin at 2 p.m. CT. The winner will advance to take on the Navarro College [TX]/Middle Georgia College winner at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The losers of those two first-round games will play each other during Thursday’s consolation play at 10 a.m. CT.
Winners of this year’s NJCAA Region 23 Tournament as well as MACJC North Division regular-season champions, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions enter national tournament play sporting a 26-5 overall record after besting Northeast Mississippi (86-79), Hinds (81-74 in OT) and Itawamba (78-64) on consecutive nights to claim the NJCAA Region 23 championship on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton. East Mississippi also finished as runners-up to Pearl River for the MACJC State Championship, dropping a 61-58 decision to the Wildcats in the title game played on EMCC’s Scooba campus.
For the first time in the history of the prestigious event, fans will be able to watch all 26 games of this year's NJCAA Tournament live over the Internet. NJCAA TV (www.njcaa.org/tv) is set to video stream the entire tournament through its broadcasting partner Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (www.psblive.com). Hutchinson's own KWBW 1450 AM Radio (Eagle Communications) will provide play-by-play audio with PSB handling the video production.
Fans will also be able to follow the five-day tournament by visiting www.njcaabbtrny.org to access official brackets, live stats, game results, and additional information about the tournament.
As EMCC, Brunswick, North Platte (NE) and Wallace State-Hanceville (AL) all prepare to make school-first appearances in the 16-team NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, they will be joined this week in Hutchinson by Northwest Florida State, Southeastern (IA), Monroe (NY), Three Rivers (MO), Navarro (TX), Middle Georgia, Eastern Utah, Butler (KS), Walters State (TN), Connors State (OK), Southeastern Illinois, and Howard (TX).
NJCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
March 16-20, 2010
Hutchinson Sports Arena (Hutchinson, KS)
March 16 – First-round Games:
10:00 a.m. -- #5 Northwest Florida State (28-3) vs. Southeastern [IA] (24-10)
12:00 p.m. -- Monroe College [NY] (26-7) vs. Three Rivers [MO] (27-6)
2:00 p.m. -- #12 East Mississippi (26-5) vs. Brunswick [NC] (23-10)
4:30 p.m. -- Navarro [TX] (28-5) vs. #9 Middle Georgia (28-3)
6:30 p.m. -- #22 North Platte [NE] (28-4) vs. #25 Eastern Utah (24-9)
8:30 p.m. -- #8 Wallace State-Hanceville [AL] (29-4) vs. #15 Butler [KS] (29-5)
March 17 – First-round Games:
11:00 a.m. -- Walters State [TN] (22-8) vs. #4 Connors State [OK] (30-2)
1:00 p.m. -- Southeastern Illinois (22-9) vs. #2 Howard [TX] (29-2)
Regular season-ending NJCAA rankings precede school names and overall team records are in parentheses;
Complete bracket available at www.njcaabbtrny.org
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 March 2010 )|
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