Midland University - Fremont, Ne

Men’s Basketball Selected to 22nd Annual NAIA Division II National Championships

Men’s Basketball Selected to 22nd Annual NAIA Division II National Championships

Feb 27th , 2013

Midland University is among a 32-team field that will compete in the 22nd Annual Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships in Point Park, Mo., on March 6-12.

On Wednesday, the NAIA awarded the Warriors with an at-large bid, securing the first national tournament berth for Midland Basketball in over a decade. “This is an exciting step for the all-in program Coach Eisner is building,” said Dr. Ben Sasse, President of Midland University. “The dedication of this team is a nice reflection of the surging momentum surrounding Midland Athletics." The trip to the national stage will be the university’s first since 2000 and just the third in the program’s history. The Warriors earn the bid after mounting a 19-win season with 12 GPAC wins and three victories over nationally ranked opponents. They also head into the tournament ranked No. 25 in the final NAIA National Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

“When we arrived here two years ago, we wanted to build a special basketball program that is based on passion, enthusiasm and pride,” said Todd Eisner, Midland University men’s basketball head coach. “To have an opportunity to play in the national tournament in our second year is very special. It is important to acknowledge the support of President Sasse and our administration for allowing us the opportunity to build our program. Hopefully, this is just the start of something very special for Midland University Basketball as we continue to enhance our program.”

The Warriors hosted and won a GPAC Postseason Tournament Quarterfinal Game for the second consecutive season in 2013. Midland finished this year’s conference tournament just short of the GPAC Championship Game, falling to No.13 Dordt College in the semifinals by a one-point margin. Heading into the NAIA National Tournament, senior James Parrott, a First Team All-GPAC selection, leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game, while averaging team-highs in steals (1.9) and blocks (2.3). All-conference senior Jerome Vaughn paces the team in rebounds with 7.1 rebounds per game, and junior Ben Imig, also an all-conference athlete, leads in assists averaging 3.6 assists per game.

Midland’s first round game will take place on Wednesday, March 6 versus No.8 Eastern Oregon University. Tipoff from College of the Ozarks’ Keeter Gymnasium is scheduled for 10:15 a.m.