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No. 2 Trailblazers set to embark on postseason

VINCENNES, Ind. – The No. 2 Vincennes University men’s basketball team begins its pursuit of a seventh consecutive trip to the national tournament with a NJCAA Division I District 16 Tournament quarterfinal game on March 5.

The Trailblazers (29-1) finished the regular season as the second-ranked team in the NJCAA Division I national poll and the District 16 regular-season champion.

VU is the No. 1 seed in the 2019 District 16 Men’s Basketball Tournament taking place March 4-8. Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois will host tournament games played on March 5, 6 and 8.

The District 16 Tournament seeds in order are: No. 1 VU, No. 2 Wabash Valley, No. 3 John A. Logan, No.4 OIney Central, No. 5 Kaskaskia, No. 6 Southwestern Illinois, No. 7 Lincoln Trail, No. 8 Shawnee, No. 9 Lewis and Clark, No. 10 Lake Land, and No. 11 Southeastern Illinois.

VU opens the postseason on March 5 in a quarterfinal at 2 p.m. EST against the winner of a first-round, play-in game between Shawnee and Lewis and Clark.

The Trailblazers currently have a 14-game win streak. VU’s only loss is a 98-96 overtime defeat to Olney Central on Jan. 9.

If the Trailblazers win their quarterfinal, they will play in the semifinals on March 6 against Olney Central or Kaskaskia at 6 p.m. EST.

Semifinal winners advance to the championship game on March 8 at 8 p.m. EST. The District 16 champion earns an automatic bid to the national tournament. The NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is March 18-23 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

VU has made six straight national tournament appearances and holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive national tournament appearances in the modern era of junior college basketball.

In 2018, The Trailblazers reached the Final Four of the national tournament, won District 16 regular-season and postseason titles, and compiled a 34-3 overall record.

 

 

2019 NJCAA Division I District 16 Tournament schedule

At Rend Lake College, Ina, Illinois

(All times EST)

First-round, play-in games, March 4

No. 8 Shawnee vs. No. 9 Lewis and Clark, 8 p.m.

No. 7 Lincoln Trail vs. No. 10 Lake Land, 8 p.m.

No. 6 Southwestern Illinois vs. No. 11 Southeastern Illinois, 8 p.m.

(First-round, play-in games played at higher seed)

Quarterfinals, March 5

No. 1 Vincennes vs. Shawnee/Lewis and Clark winner, 2 p.m.

No. 4 Olney Central vs. No. 5 Kaskaskia, 4 p.m.

No. 2 Wabash Valley vs. Lincoln Trail/Lake Land winner, 6 p.m.

No. 3 John A. Logan vs. Southwestern Illinois/Southeastern Illinois winner, 8 p.m.

Semifinals, March 6

6 p.m.

8 p.m.

Championship, March 8

8 p.m.

 

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