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Brackets set for Spartan men's basketball at NJCAA Division II national tournament

Southwestern opens against Southern Maryland Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 4:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 5:10 a.m. CDT
(Graphic courtesy of the NJCAA)
The bracket for the NJCAA Division II men's basketball national tournament. Southwestern is the top seed and opens tournament play Tuesday at 11 a.m. against Southern Maryland in Danville, Illinois.

The NJCAA Division II top-ranked Southwestern Community College Spartans (32-1), begin national tournament play in Danville, Illinois on Tuesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. central time against Southern Maryland of La Plata, Maryland (14-16).

Eight-seed Pima Community College from Utah (17-14) plays Waubonsee of Aurora, Illinois (24-8) at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Fourth-seeded Parkland of Champaign, Illinois (25-3) will play in the third game of the day against Johnson County of Overland Park, Kansas (23-8) at 6:30 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Richard Bland of Petersburg, Virginia (28-4) takes on Cincinnati State of Cincinnati, Ohio (25-7). They play at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On the other side of the bracket are four more contests.

South Suburban of South Holland, Illinois (20-11) is the sixth-ranked Division II team in the NJCAA. All of South Suburban’s losses are due to forfeits, and the team is thought to be Southwestern’s biggest competition for a national title at the tournament. South Suburban is the second-seeded team and plays Dakota County of Rosemount, Minnesota (14-14) at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Seventh-seeded Macomb of Warren, Michigan (24-5) will play Niagara County of Sanborn, New York (24-5) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Third-seeded Louisburg of Louisburg, North Carolina (26-3) will play St. Louis of St. Louis, Missouri (20-12) Wednesday at 12 p.m. Sixth-seeded Essex County of Newark, New Jersey (27-1) faces off with Grand Rapids of Grand Rapids, Michigan (20-12) Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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