2014 NCCAA DII National Tournament Preview
The Tigers will leave next Monday for Circleville, Ohio to pursue their fifth NCCAA DII National Championship in six years. Here is a little preview of what each day may look like for the team:
After arriving late Monday night, the team will have the day off until it is time to change into their business casual clothes and attend the NCCAA banquet at 7:00 PM. All-Americans, Coach of the Year, Academic All-Americans, and the Pete Maravich Award winner will be announced at this banquet.
Every year at the NCCAA National Tournament, the host school organizes a community service project. This year, the players will be connecting with children with special needs at the Circleville YMCA, where basketball clinics will be held from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The first round games will be played on Wednesday between the #7 and #10 seed, and #8 and #9 seed. Later on that night, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Celebrity Special Olympics game featuring the Tri-County All-Stars and NCCAA players.
Thursday holds Grace’s first game of the tournament against West Coast Baptist College out of Lancaster, CA. Surprisingly enough, the two squads have already met this season back on January 11th in Portland, OR, where the Eagles were able to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Tigers, 97-82. The game will be played at 5:30 PM, and will be available on the Grace Tiger Network.
If Grace is able to pull out a victory over West Coast Baptist in the Elite Eight, at 7:30 pm they will play the winner of Ohio Christian University and whoever comes out of the #8/#9 seed first round match-up. If they are knocked off in the Elite Eight, at 3:30 pm the Tigers will play in the loser’s bracket against the loser of that match-up.
At this point in time, there are many different possibilities for what Grace’s Saturday may look like. They may be playing for the NCCAA DII National Championship at 5:00 pm, or they may be playing in the 1:00 or 3:00 pm consolation games.