March 14, 2011

King given No. 3 seed, faces Trinity Christian in NCCAA Quarterfinals

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College starts the 2011 NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Thursday as the No. 3 seed and will play Trinity Christian (Ill.) College Thursday in a 4 p.m. opening-round game in Oakland City, Ind.

King enters the NCCAA Tournament as the Mid-East Region Champion after knocking off No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) University 70-59 Saturday in the title game. The Tornado owns a 17-14 overall record which includes a 1-1 record in neutral court games. King returns to Oakland City looking to make up for the runner-up finish a season ago when the Tornado lost the championship game 58-54 to Northwestern (Minn.) College.

The Tornado and an 83.6 scoring average ranks No. 3 in the NCCAA which has been helped by a school-record 314 three-pointers in 2010-11. King enters the national event with four players in double-digits led by Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) with a 20.4 points per game average. Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) and Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) both chip in 14 points per contest while Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) has a scoring average of 11.7.

Trinity Christian makes a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time since 2002 where the team was the No. 8 seed. To earn the bid Trinity Christian defeated Trinity International 93-89 on March 5. That win was the 10th in the last 12 contests.

Jamie King led the team in scoring with a 17.0 average which helped Trinity to a 77.6 scoring average, No. 16 among NCCAA Division I teams. He owns a 42.0 field goal percentage which includes a 45.1 mark from behind the three-point line.

Thursday's game will be the first meeting between the two teams in program history which will feature two of the top three-point shooting teams in the NCCAA, King No. 3 at 38.8 percent and Trinity with a 38.6 mark at No. 4.

The winner moves to Friday's semifinal contest at 6 p.m. to play the winner between No. 2 Spring Arbor (Mich.) University and No. 7 Southeastern (Fla.) University. The two quarterfinal losers have a 2 p.m. contest Friday.

Spring Arbor is the only team in the field that King has played, losing an 82-70 contest in the 1996-97 season.

The other half of the bracket features top-seed Dallas Baptist (Texas) University against host Oakland City in an 8 p.m. game and the 6 p.m. contest will be between No. 4 Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College and Hope International (Calif.).

Saturday will bring the nationals to a close with the championship contest scheduled for 9 p.m. with games for seventh, fifth and third earlier in the day.

The eight-team field features two teams from last year's event, King and host Oakland City. Oakland City also joins the list of past champions with Spring Arbor. Oakland City won the 1999 crown while Spring Arbor was the last school to win back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.

For more information on the national tournament, click here.

2011 NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament Teams

Seed

Team

Region

Record

Last NCCAA App. (Finish)

# 1

Dallas Baptist

Central

17-12

2008 (Third)

# 2

Spring Arbor

Mid-West

18-14

2008 (Second)

# 3

King

Mid-East

17-14

2010 (Second)

# 4

Roberts Wesleyan

East

20-12

2006 (Fourth)

# 5

Hope International

West

13-17

First (N/A)

# 6

Trinity Christian

North Central

20-14

2002 (Sixth)

# 7

Southeastern

South

18-17

First (N/A)

# 8

Oakland City

Mid-East (Host)

17-11

2010 (Seventh)