Tornado Basketball draws Victory for NCCAA Mid-East semifinal tilt

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College will be the No. 2 seed for the upcoming NCCAA Division I Mid-East Region Men's Basketball Tournament and the Tornado will welcome No. 3 seed Victory (Tenn.) University to the Student Center for a 7 p.m. contest Thursday.

King has a 15-14 overall record which includes a 9-3 mark at home. The Tornado reached the 2010 Mid-East Region championship game, but was upset by Mid-Continent (Ky.) University 84-75.

The Tornado was ranked No. 12 in the last NCCAA Division I Burbridge report at the end of the regular season with Victory at No. 19.

Victory has a 16-14 record going 9-10 in road games this season.

The two semifinal teams have no common opponents for the 2010-11 season.

Thursday's contest will feature the two leading scorers from the region with Myron Strong, from Victory, and his 26.4 average followed by King's Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) with a 19.8 average. Dockery enters the game needing 17 points to take the top spot on King's All-Time scoring list. His 1,783  currently ranks third in school history.

The region's top two shooters also will be in the game led by Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) and a 65.9 field-goal percentage and Victory's Horace Dixon with a 56.6 percentage.

Fans coming to Thursday's game are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated through the NCCAA to local food banks. A season ago across region championships in the NCCAA seven tons of food was donated across the nation.

The tournament starts Tuesday when Tennessee Temple University welcomes Oakland City (Ind.) University in a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup. Tennessee Temple was No. 20, right behind Victory by 0.059 in the Burbridge. Oakland City and a 17-10 record had the team at No. 34.

King will not host the only semifinal contest Thursday as top-seed Campbellsville (Ky.) University will play the winner between Tennessee Temple and Oakland City.

Thursday's semifinal winners will meet at the highest remaining seed Saturday for the championship and automatic bid to the NCCAA Division I National Tournament March 17-19 in Oakland City, Ind.

King was one of the eight teams at the event a season ago and played for the championship, but came up short 58-54 against Northwestern (Minn.) College. At last year's event, three teams from the region, King, Oakland City and Mid-Continent were a part of the eight-team field.

Oakland City has an automatic bid to the nationals as host team and if Oakland City won the region event than an at-large bid would be available to the highest ranked team from the Burbridge that did not win a region.

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NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball Mid-East Region

Tuesday's Opening Round

(5) Oakland City at (4) Tennessee Temple

Thursday's Semifinals

(3) Victory at (2) King

Tuesday's Winner at (1) Campbellsville


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