Railsplitters Earn NCAA Championship Bid, Will Face King College In Opening Round

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The NCAA announced the selections for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship on Sunday evening, and the Railsplitters are dancing as they drew the No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region. They will square off against the No. 5 seed, King College, out of Conference Carolinas on March 10th in Montevallo, Alabama.

The Railsplitters received an at-large bid after falling in the semi-finals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament to eventual champs, Wingate University. Lincoln Memorial University was ranked 17th in the latest NABC poll and currently sit with a 25-5 record for the season. King College also received an at-large bid after losing in the semi-finals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament and come into the the game with a 23-7 season mark.

The Railsplitters and Tornado are no strangers to each other as they met twice throughout the regular season with LMU taking the season sweep. In the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge, the first game went to the Railsplitters in Tex Turner Arena as LMU captured a 75-69 victory. King College held the lead as late as 4:40 in the contest but the Railsplitters pulled away late to secure the win.

On December 17th, the matchup moved to Bristol, Tennessee for the second game of the season season. In a tightly contested game, the Railsplitters never trailed in the second half as they ran away with a hard fought 77-75 victory. The Tornado cut the score to one with 48 seconds left but the Railsplitters went 4-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch to collect the win.

This is Lincoln Memorial University's second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid as last season the Railsplitters drew the No. 2 seed where they were downed by eventual region champs, Anderson University, in the opening round.

Stay tuned to www.LMURailsplitters.com for upcoming information on game time and other releases as they become available.


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