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Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 8, 2017

Georgetown College men's basketball learned its fate Wednesday evening, earning a 26th straight trip to the NAIA national tournament with its 23-7 record.

The No. 12 Tigers, for just the fourth time in program history and second at the national tournament, will battle Park University. Tip is set for 7:30 pm EDT Wednesday in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Pirates (21-7) defeated GC in the first round of the 2010 Buffalo Funds Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

Georgetown is the most decorated program of the tournament – most playoff wins (65), most appearances (36) and most consecutive appearances (26). The Tigers are 25-10 in first-round action and have won five of the past six opening round games dating back to 2011. GC is four of five under coach Chris Briggs. In the past six seasons, GC has advanced to two national title games, one Fab Four appearance, two quarterfinals and a first round exit.

GC is coming off a runner-up finish in the 2016 tournament, returning six players who had a hand in that run. Three others were on the team as redshirts.

"This is probably the toughest national tournament, having to win five games in a span of seven days," Briggs said.

GC is 2-0 against Park under Briggs, but he knows the Pirates will be a difficult first round match-up. They will be one of three Missouri teams in the field of 32. Park is 9-2 dating back to Feb. 2 and the only two losses are to the other Missouri teams in the tournament – Harris-Stowe State and Columbia College. This is the Pirates seventh appearance with a 5-6 all-time record in the tournament.

Tiger Athletics broadcast will be available with Jason Grefer and Darrin Douglas on the call by clicking here.

Other Mid-South Conference schools making it are: University of Pikeville, three seed in Naismith Bracket; Life University, three seed in the Cramer Bracket; University of the Cumberlands, sixth seed in the Liston Bracket.

Click here for the complete bracket.
 

 
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