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Georgetown College men's basketball will make its 20th straight appearance and 30th overall in the NAIA Men's National Championship.
The No. 7 Tigers learned the opponent and schedule Wednesday evening. They will face Olivet Nazarene at 9 a.m. Thursday in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. It will be the 11th meeting all-time for these two teams and Georgetown owns the series, 10-0.
Georgetown is 49-28 all-time at the national tournament. On the season, the Tigers are 29-4 with 12 games against teams in the Top 25 or receiving votes. This is the 26th season in 27 seasons that the team has notched 25 or more wins, including two undefeated seasons 1991-92 and 2007-08.
The last time these two teams met was in 2009 in Georgetown with the Tigers winning 64-51.
Four Tigers are averaging double figures, led by junior and MSC Conference Player of the Year Vic Moses' 14.1 points per game. Tyrone Shelley averages 12.6 ppg, but in conference play is scoring 13.2 ppg. Senior Eddie Gray has been scoring 11.5 ppg and junior Maurice Pearson rounds out those top four with 10.7 ppg.
Moses also leads on the boards with 6.7 rebounds per game, while Shelley averages 6.6 and Pearson 6.5.
Tigers are looking to end a skid the past two seasons of exiting in the first round, wanting to get back to the teams history of success - 13 Elite Eights, 11 Final Fours, Four National Championship games and 1998 National Champions.
Olivet is 21-11, winning 13 of its last 16 games, this season and were runners-up in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, losing to No. 1 Robert Morris University 76-68. The ONU Tigers are making their 16th appearance in the national tournament and have been to the Final Four four times, last time in 2006. In 2000, ONU made it to the finals.
Olivet is led by Cory Hainlen's 14.8 ppg, while Antonio Marshall and Nick Klomstad contribute 13.7 and 12.3 ppg respectively.
Klomstad also leads in rebounds with an average 8.23 a game, while Marshall averages 5.08 assists and 1.69 steals per game.
McKendree, No. 10 Southern Nazarene, No. 15 Evangel, Xavier, Southern Polytechnic and No. 2 Concorida are the other teams in GC's bracket.
St. Catharine will face Lindenwood in the first round and could potentially meet Georgetown in the semifinals if both make it that far. Pikeville ended up in the top half of the bracket, playing Wednesday against Oklahoma Baptist.
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