Mountain Lions Qualify for First NCAA Tournament in Program Histroy

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men’s basketball team will continue the most successful season in program history in the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball South Central Region Tournament. The Mountain Lions will be the No. 8 seed after the announcement of the teams tonight in the NCAA Selection Show.

UCCS will face No. 1 seed Metro State on its home court in the Auraria Event Center in downtown Denver. It will be the third matchup between the teams in a 15-day span and a rematch of the 2014 RMAC Shootout Championship game. The game will tip at 6 p.m., on Saturday, March 15.

“I’m proud of our guys and what they have earned,” said UCCS Head Coach Jeff Culver. “They have fought and competed in one of the toughest conferences in Division II, and we’re excited that we have the opportunity to continue our season in the NCAA tournament.”

The Mountain Lions have won a program-record 21 games and advanced past the RMAC Shootout quarterfinal round for the first time in program history. The men’s basketball is the third team sport at UCCS to qualify for NCAA postseason, joining the 2004 softball team and the 2007 volleyball team.