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VU men to meet Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in tournament’s 1st round

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Team’s opening opponent Tuesday at the NJCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament hails from a region of teams that play an up-tempo style with the 3-point shot being a favorite tool and the full-court press characterizing its approach on the defensive end.

In other words, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (based in Miami, OK) is somewhat similar to the Trailblazers (26-7) in terms of what makes it difficult to contain and a handful for opponents.

VU, the tournament’s 14th seed, and the 19th-seeded Golden Norsemen (22-9) will face off at 11 a.m. (“Vincennes time”) Tuesday in the second day’s first game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, KS. The tournament begins Monday and will conclude March 19.

All-Session (24 games) reserved tickets are $55 each. Evening sessions’ individual reserved seats are $15 each (Reserve seating is available only during evening sessions: games starting after 4:30 p.m.). General admission (including standing room) for all games is $12.

For more information on Hutchinson, KS, and other activities during the tournament, visit:, or contact The Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau at
800-691-4262 or

Tournament visitors can also obtain hotel information via telephone at 620-899-2559.

Trinity Valley (32-1) is the 24-team field’s top seed, while Northwest Florida State (26-5) is seeded second, Georgia Highlands is third, Odessa holds the No. 4 seed and North Idaho is the fifth seed. The top eight seeds get first round byes.

The winner of the VU-Northeastern Oklahoma A&M opener will face Georgia Highlands in the next round. That game will be at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday.

·    For complete details and official bracket for the 69th annual tournament, visit:

VU earned its latest trip to the national tournament by claiming the NJCAA District 16 Tournament and an automatic bid. The Trailblazers – the district’s second seed – garnered the district championship by topping seventh-seeded Wabash Valley, 76-59, No. 3 seed John A. Logan, 78-73, and top seed Southwestern Illinois by a score of 75-67.

The Trailblazers were the District 16 regular-season co-champions with Southwestern Illinois.

For a complete statistical look at VU, visit:

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M won the NJCAA Region II Tournament at Shawnee, OK, by besting Northern Oklahoma-Enid in the first round then upsetting No. 13 Connors State, 89-79, in the semifinals before finishing off Northern-Tonkawa, 72-68, in the Region II title game.

The Golden Norsemen, who won the 1989 NJCAA National Championship, didn’t qualify for last season’s national championship tournament.

For a complete statistical look at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, visit:


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