Eastern Florida State College Men’s Basketball Ready For Madness In Hutchinson, Kansas
By Michael Parsons, Eastern Florida State College Sports // March 20, 2017
Titans are six seed and have first round bye
HUTCHINSON, KANSAS – For the second straight year, the Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball team will be the No.6 seed in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament.
The Titans come into the tournament 28-5 this season and were runner-up in the Region VIII Men’s Basketball Championships in Ocala last weekend.
They earned one of just four at large bids awarded by the NJCAA selection committee.
In fact, three teams are heading to the national tournament from the Region VIII tourney.
Tournament winner St. Petersburg College received the automatic qualifier, while EFSC and Northwest Florida State College, whom the Titans defeated twice this season and were the top ranked team in Florida, received the other two.
“The Road to Hutch” as the tournament is called. March Madness from the NJCAA Division I perspective has 24 teams competing in four brackets, all playing at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson Kansas.
Hutchinson, a town of about 45, 000 people, is located about an hour northwest of Wichita.
“We are so excited to get back to Hutch,” said Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball coach Jeremy Shulman who is heading to the national tournament for the third straight season.
“The guys have worked hard this season and deserve the chance to play for a national championship.”
The Titans will receive a bye in the first round as one of the top eight seeds, facing the winner of the No. 11 Indian Hills-No. 22 Monroe College game on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EST.
“There are so many outstanding teams and coaches there and our side of the bracket is no different,” Shulman said.
“Indian Hills is a traditional power who is one of the best programs in the country and we know how good Monroe College out of New York is. We are excited to get prepared and give everything we have out there.”
The Titans defeated Monroe College 65-55 in New York Dec. 3.
In that contest, Kareem Brewton led the scoring attack with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Teammate Austin Awad finished with 14 points and nine rebounds while Ahmed Ali had 13. Shaq Carter also scored in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds.
San Jacinto Central College from Houston, Texas is the tournament’s top seed. They finished the season 32-1 and are led by four players who average double-digit points.
If EFSC faces San-Jac, it would come in the title game.
If all goes according to plan and the higher seeds win to start the tournament, EFSC would be looking at a third round match up with the tournaments third seeded team, Georgia Highlands, who finished this past season 32-1.
It will not be easy for Coach Shulman and his Titans—Let the “Madness” begin.
The tournament begins tonight with the semifinals slated for Friday and the final Saturday at 8 p.m.
Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily and Space Coast Daily Sports Talk with Alan Zlotorzynski each day and night for updates on the Titans quest for a title.
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