March 12, 2013
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Men’s basketball team to host regional NCAA tournament; women face No.3 seed in Grand Junction
After winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, the MSU Denver Roadrunners enter the NCAA Division II Tournament as a No. 1 seed and will host seven schools in the South Central regional, which begins March 16.
Fresh off their 61-60 victory in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship game, the MSU Denver men's basketball team will host seven other schools in the South Central Region for the upcoming NCAA Division II Tournament.
MSU Denver, the No. 1 seed, will face No. 8 seed Tarleton State (Texas) in the first round on March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Auraria Event Center. The South Central Region semifinals follow on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and the championship game will be played on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.
This will be the first time since 2005 and the fourth time in school history that MSU Denver has hosted a regional tournament in men's basketball.
The men’s team (27-2 overall) earned an automatic bid to the postseason after a buzzer-beating victory on Saturday over Fort Lewis to win the RMAC tournament. It is the 15th NCAA tournament appearance in the past 16 years for MSU Denver, the most of any NCAA Division II school.
Head Coach Derrick Clark has now guided the Roadrunners to the postseason in each of his three seasons, including a regional championship and Elite Eight appearance last season.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid ID and seniors. Children 2 years old and under are admitted free. Buy tickets online.
The women's basketball team (21-8 overall) is the No. 6 seed in the South Central Region for the NCAA Division II tournament and will face No. 3 seed St. Mary's (Texas) in the first round on Friday, March 15, at noon in Grand Junction. Colorado Mesa earned the No. 1 seed and will host the regional tournament. The semifinals will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday and the championship game at 7 p.m. Monday.
It is the third consecutive postseason appearance for the women Roadrunners (20-8 overall) under Head Coach Tanya Haave. In her first two seasons, she guided the Roadrunners to the Elite Eight and the Sweet Sixteen.
Visit the MSU Denver athletics website for more information.