Rocky Mountain College men sneak into NAIA national tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rocky Mountain College men aren’t done playing basketball just yet.

The Battlin’ Bears learned their postseason fate on Wednesday afternoon, earning a No. 8 seed and date with the top overall seed, Georgetown (Ky.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division I men’s basketball national tournament.

Rocky, which finished 19-12 overall and 10-8 in Frontier Conference play, was given one of 19 at-large berths in the 32-team tournament, which begins next Wednesday, March 20, at Municipal Auditorium.

Rocky and Georgetown will face off in the fifth game of the opening round, with the two teams scheduled to tip off at 3:45 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on Wednesday. The Bears and Tigers are in the Naismith Bracket.

Rocky joins Frontier Conference regular-season champion Carroll College and tournament champion Lewis-Clark State College in the tournament. Carroll makes its fourth consecutive trip to the national tournament, while Lewis-Clark returns for the fifth straight year.

Next week marks Rocky’s first trip to nationals since 2015. Coach Bill Dreikosen and the Bears won the NAIA championship in 2009.

Georgetown enters the tournament with a 28-4 record, winners of the Mid-South Conference championship. The Tigers will compete in their 28th consecutive national tournament, having won a pair of national championships.

Richie Melby

Richie Melby

A Hi-line native, Richie Melby enjoys telling the stories of Montana athletes, coaches and teams. Richie got his start in TV at KTVQ in Billings and worked as the Sports Director at KRTV. After a couple of years in Tucson, Ariz., Richie returned to his home state as the Sports Director at KTVH.
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