March Madness begins at NIC with Cardinals in the NJCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

The tournament brackets were released by the NJCAA this afternoon for the 2016 National Men’s Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas March 14-19. The NIC Cardinals received a No. 5 seed in the 24-team tournament, receiving a first round bye. The Cardinals will play the winner of No. 12 seed Southwest Tennessee (28-4) and No. 21 seed Spartanburg Methodist College from South Carolina (26-6), on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. (PST). All games will be played at the Hutchinson Sports Arena and the tournament is single elimination, until the semi-finals. The only consolation bracket game is the third-place game between the semi-final losers. The top eight seeds received a first-round bye.

The Cardinals received one of four at-large bids by the NJCAA tournament selection committee after a perfect 30-0 regular season and a No. 3 ranking in the final NJCAA polls. The Cardinals (31-1) were upset in the Region 18 tournament championship game by Salt Lake Community College for their only loss of the season. SLCC earned the district automatic bid by beating the Arizona region champion in the District Championship, 99-73. The SLCC Bruins received a No. 13 seed and will face No. 20 NE Mississippi. Both NIC and SLCC are in the same quadrant of the tournament and could possibly meet in the Elite 8 if both teams are successful in early round games.

If NIC wins its first game, the Cardinals will advance to the Elite 8 and play at noon Thursday, March 16 (PST). The tournament continues for the entire week with the championship game on Saturday, March 19 at 5 p.m. (PST).

All games can be viewed live on NJCAATV and a link will be posted to the NIC Athletics website ( once the schedule is posted. Check out the NJCAA website for the NJCAA Division I Basketball Tournament bracket, results, and game times.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2016

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