Tigers Play Choctaws in 1st Round
The Occidental men’s basketball team will face the Mississippi College Choctaws in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on the Choctaws’ home court in Clinton, Miss. on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. PST.
The Choctaws, ranked No. 3 nationally by D3hoops.com, won their sixth American Southwest Conference Championship in 10 years with a 77-64 win over Hardin-Simmons University Feb. 24, capping a 25-2 season. The Choctaws are making their ninth appearance in the NCAA tournament in 10 years. Founded in 1826, Baptist-affiliated Mississippi has 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Oxy clinched the SCIAC championship and its third trip to the NCAA tourney in five years last Thursday with a thrilling, last-second double overtime victory at Whittier, 63-61. The No. 15-ranked Tigers finished conference play with a 12-2 record, 19-5 overall.
The winner of Friday’s first round game will move on to play the winner of the contest between at-large selections Maryville College (Tenn.) and No. 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor, also scheduled to be played Friday.
For more information, including printable tournament brackets, log on to the NCAA championships website.