Rams face competitive road at MBB Regionals for trip to NCCAA Championships
Bluefield will have to win three games in order to advance to Indiana
Sports Information Department BC
March 8, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Madisonville, Tenn.- The men's basketball team enters the NCCAA Mid-East Regionals as the #3-seeded program on Thursday night when they tip-off against #6-seeded Covenant College (Ga.) at 5:00pm EST at host Hiwassee College.
The Rams enter with a 18-15 overall record while earning a respectable 10-6 record in the AAC this season.
It has been 16 days since Bluefield has played its last game, but the team has been practicing every day for a chance to take the Mid-East region by storm. An early exit in the AAC Tournament to Reinhardt in the First Round, Coach Morgans's team will look to counteract the poor performance against the Eagles with a much different outcome in Tennessee this weekend.
Bluefield will open against Covenant College. Covenant enters with a 8-17 overall record and are a part of the GSAC at the NCAA Division III level. The Scots are led in scoring by Callum Sears, who is the only CC player who averages in double figures.
The Scots have inside presence from one big man in particular, Colton McGriff, who avergaes 8.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg this season. McGriff, alongside Danek, will have to try and stop NAIA All-American candidate and AAC Player of the Year Byron Carpenter of the Rams. Carpenter, who is averaging 21.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg, is Bluefield's main component in the block.
The Rams don't stop there though. Bluefield has four players that average in double-figures, including AAC 2nd-teamer Kearsten Marion and All-Freshman team player Andrew Wilson. Frenchman Sharp-shooter Borgia M'bala also averages 12.0 ppg as well.
While the road to Indiana, the site of the NCCAA National Championship, is a little more difficult than the Lady Rams- Coach Morgan believes his team is ready to prove people wrong.
"We all-We got", proclaimed head coach Morgan. "That's been our motto for the season and with no one being at the game and all those distractions, its perfect for us at the postseason tournament."
"We need to find a way to play better in the NCCAA and show how good we can play when we are focused and ready to compete."
The men's team traveled two days early in fact to Madisonville, Tenn. in order to get a proper shootaround in, as well as a good night's rest ahead of Thursday night's contest. Nonetheless, the Rams may get the proper rest beforehand, but once they hit the hardwood in Game One- they will have to play three nights in a row to be crowned Regional Champs.
"We must play great defense and score the ball if we want to make it to the National Tournament. We are thankful and blessed to still be playing in March."
If Bluefield was to beat Covenant, they will advance to the semifinals to play #2-seeded Tennessee Temple (14-15) on Friday night. The winner will move on to play either Victory, Hiwassee or top-seeded Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday afternoon for the Regional Championship.
Thursday night's game can be followed via live stats at the link HERE