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VU Men's Basketball tabbed as 9th seed in national championship tournament; Trailblazers will face Cochise in 1st round game

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team will be the ninth seed of the 2015 NJCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, KS, and VU (32-1) will face No. 24 seed and District 1 zone qualifier Cochise (23-10) of Douglas, AZ, in the March 16-21 event’s second game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
That game will be at 1 p.m. (EST or “Vincennes time”) on March 16 and its winner will advance to face eighth seed South Plains (26-6) in the second round at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on March 17. For a complete tournament bracket, click HERE.
Connors State enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed with a 31-1 record. The second, third and fourth seeds are No. 2 Northwest Florida State (29-2), No. 3 Southern Idaho (31-2) and No. 4 Indian Hills (29-4). Jones County, the 2014 men’s champion, did not make the field this year.
But VU has its attention on Cochise. The Apaches defeated Mesa on March 2 to claim the NJCAA Region I title and fell just short of upsetting College of Southern Idaho in the NJCAA District I championship game on March 7, falling 65-63.
The Trailblazers return to the national championship tournament to seek VU’s fourth national crown after reaching the event’s Final Four the past two years. Last season, VU set a new school mark in wins when the Trailblazers finished third with a 34-3 final record. This year, VU heads into the tournament in a different role. After dropping a 105-98 decision in the championship game of the NJCAA District 16 Tournament, the Trailblazers are one of the tournament’s zone qualifiers.
VU’s roster is full of versatility and balance. Sophomore Mychal Mulder leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, followed by sophomore Charles Foster at 14.9 ppg. That duo is followed in the scoring column by sophomores A.J. Patty (12.5), Donte’ McGill (11.5) and Everett Clemons (9.5).
Patty paces the Trailblazers in rebounding. His 8.1 boards per game is supported by Mulder’s 6.9 rpg average. Clemons is the team leader in assists at 7.7 per contest and steals at 1.0 per game.

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