Fort Wayne (Indiana's NewsCenter)- Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Runner-up University of Saint Francis has received the No. 8 at-large bid to the 32-team 2012 NAIA National Championship and will play Jamestown College on Thurs., March 8 at 11:15 a.m. Fort Wayne time.
This is the third consecutive season the Cougars have been selected, which is a first for the program in its 48th season. USF won the 2010 NAIA Division II Championship and was runner-up in 2011. USF was one of four members of the MCC selected after tying for No. 23 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll released on Wednesday afternoon.
Jamestown College, the No. 10 championship seeded team, finished second in the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament and is No. 9 in the NAIA Top 25 poll released Wednesday. The top-seeded Jimmies (25-6) lost 80-71 at No. 3-seed Dakota State on Monday night. The loss ended a five-game win streak for the Jimmies, who enter the game against the Cougars with 13 wins in JC’s last 15 games.
The Jimmies are No. 3 in NAIA scoring defense yielding 61.0 points per game while scoring 75.4 points per game. Travis Burley, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, leads JC scoring with a 15.5 average with a high single game of 27 points.
USF, the No. 15 seed, won the 2010 NAIA D II Championship with a 67-66 win over No. 1 seeded Walsh. USF lost in the 2011 NAIA Championship Game to Cornerstone 80-71.
In its 48th season, the Cougars are 29-23 in post-season play. Chad LaCross is in his second season as head coach of the Cougars and is the first USF coach to post back-to-back 20-plus win seasons in his first two at USF.
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