The National Tournament Brackets Are Taking Shape
With an exciting weekend of Regional Tournaments behind us, the field for the National Tournament is almost complete. Seven of the eight teams have been decided, and we will all know the final team after the District 7 Tournament wraps on March 10.
2012 is shaping up to be the “year of the upset,” with first, second, third, seventh, and eighth nationally ranked teams getting eliminated from National Tournament contention. In an upset that hits particularly close to home, the D-III National Tournament hosts – the SUNY Sullivan Generals – were beaten in Region XV Semifinal play by Nassau County Community College on March 3. The Bronx Community College Broncos rose from the Region XV tournament with a win over Nassau on Sunday, and will represent District 5.
The SUNY Delhi Broncos – long time hosts of the D-III National Tourney – will represent District 1. Delhi defeated Herkimer on Sunday, 61-49. This was a battle of the !3 and #2 seeds in the Region 3 Tournament.
The Milwaukee Area Technical College Stormers enter the National Tournament as the District 2 team. The Stormers took down the always powerful Joliet Junior College Wolves in a close game. The final score in Region 4 final game was 87-85.
As we’ve reported already, Region 5 went to the Cedar Valley College Suns on February 27th. Cedar Valley will travel to Sullivan County to represent District 3 in the National Tournament.
The Region 13 Tournament wrapped up on March 4 with the Central Lakes College Raiders walking away with the title and the District 4 berth in the National Tournament. The Raiders defeated Minnesota State CTC, 84-66.
The Brookdale Community College Jersey Blues captured the Region 19 title and will represent District 6 at the National Tournament. Brookdale took on Camden Community College in the regional final, posting a 78-60 win.
Finally, the Roxbury Community College Tigers knocked off MassBay in the Region 21 Tournament by a score of 86-75. They will come into tournament play as the District 8 representative.
With just one more team to qualify, and ten days till the National Tournament, the heat is definitely on!