Randolph Gets At-Large Bid to D3 NCAA Tournament

From Randolph athletics:

LYNCHBURG, VA - The brackets for the 2013 NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament were released on Monday afternoon, and the WildCats were selected to make their first-ever appearance on the national stage as they earned a Pool C, "at-large" spot.

The 21-6 Randolph men's squad will take on the Eagles of Emory University this Saturday, March 2 in Atlanta, GA with a time to be determined. The WildCats have never played the Eagles in their young six-year history, and this will also be the first meeting with any team from the University Athletic Association.

The Eagles come into the contest with a 19-6 records, as EU finished 10-4 in the UAA. Emory is winners of its last five games, including a 72-54 victory over Rochester on Friday evening. The Eagles have played only one over Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) school this year, defeating Virginia Wesleyan College 91-82 back on December 30.

For the College, this is only the second time that a WildCat men's team has gone to the NCAA Tournament, as the Randolph men's soccer team earned an automatic bid back in 2011. This at-large selection is the first in College history, as the WildCats were picked as one of the 62 teams to compete, earning just one of 19 Pool C bids. The winner of Saturday's contest will play the winner of Saturday's game between College of Redlands (CA) at Whitworth University (WA) on March 9.

"I am very happy that the hard work and successful regular-season our team put forward was rewarded by the NCAA Tournament selection committee today with a bid to the national tournament," said Randolph head coach Clay Nunley. "While there are many teams worthy of consideration, our group was deserving of this honor and I'm proud of their accomplishment."

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From the ODAC:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Randolph-Macon College was a certainty to enter the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament after winning the ODAC title and earning the conference's automatic entry. But for others to be a part of the 62-team field, they'd have to be chosen as one of at-large selections. The ODAC was rewarded with three of those choices as Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph College and Virginia Wesleyan College join R-MC on the national stage.

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The men's basketball tournament schedule is different from past years. The championship will not be played in Salem for the first time since 1995. Instead, all three NCAA divisions will hold their championships in Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8. NCAA Division II and III will play in Phillips Arena on Sunday, while NCAA Division I will play the Final Four and national championship game in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, April 6 and Monday, respectively.

Hampden-Sydney and Virginia Wesleyan will both play host to first round contests, while Randolph and Randolph-Macon will travel for their opening games on Saturday, March 2. Second round games are slated for Saturday, March 9, while sectional play will commence on Saturday, March 16. The quarterfinals and semifinals return to the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. The two teams that emerge from the Roanoke Valley head to Atlanta two weeks later.

Randolph-Macon (19-9) is in the field of 62 for the fourth time in as many years under head coach Nathan Davis. The Yellow Jackets have won five overall conference titles and two of the past three. R-MC travels to Stevens Institute of Technology (22-5) for its first round contest. A R-MC victory means a matchup with either WPI (25-2) or SUNY-Purchase (22-5) in the second round.

Virginia Wesleyan (21-7) was ranked #1 in the south region heading into the ODAC Tournament. The Marlins, in the NCAA tourney for the ninth consecutive year, were selected to host Delaware Valley College (19-8) next Saturday. A win pits VWC against either Christopher Newport University (21-5) or Rutgers-Newark (20-7) on March 9.

Hampden-Sydney (23-4), rated #2 in the region entering the ODAC postseason, is a member of the NCAA field for the first time since 2007. The Tigers welcome 2012 national finalist Cabrini College (22-5) to campus. A Tigers victory means a date with either Ohio Wesleyan University (22-5) or Saint Vincent College (23-5) in the second round.