Lion Men To NCAA Tournament, Will Face Dallas Baptist in Canyon
The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team is NCAA Division II Tournament bound for the the third consecutive year and eighth time in program history, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday evening. The Lions are the fourth seed in the South Central Region and will face fifth-seed Dallas Baptist in the first round in Canyon at West Texas A&M.
A&M-Commerce has a record of 23-8 on the year and advances to the 21st postseason in program history. The Lions and Dallas Baptist (23-10) will face off in the regional quarterfinal at a time to be confirmed on Friday, March 15. That quarterfinal will be followed by No. 8 New Mexico Highlands playing host No. 1 West Texas A&M. The winners of the two quarterfinals will play the regional semifinal on Saturday, March 16.
In a unique situation, the South Central Region will have split hosting duties, with No. 2 St. Edward's hosting the other half of the bracket with No. 7 Angelo State, No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, and No. 6 Lubbock Christian. The two semifinal winners at each site will play the South Central Regional final on Tuesday, March 19, at the top remaining seed.
The regional quarterfinal matchup will be the second time the Lions and DBU have met this season. A&M-Commerce defeated the Patriots, 83-61, in the Field House on December 6.
The Lions previously qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2015, 2017, and 2018. It is the second time in program history that the Lions have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons.