The Runnin’ Hornets will make their third consecutive appearance at nationals in the opening round of the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship on Thurs., March 15.
The Hornets, who received the first at-large bid to the single-elimination tournament and are therefore the 5th overall seed, will take on the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Patriots at 10:45 a.m. in Kansas City, Mo. This is the team's 14th overall appearance in the NAIA championships, which run through March 20.
The Hornets finished the season ranked sixth in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll. Their overall record at the national tournament – known as College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament – is 10-14 with one final-four appearance and seven in the quarter-finals.
The team has defeated seven nationally ranked teams this season, including Shorter University, ranked No. 1 in the nation; Georgetown College (Ky.), No. 4 in the nation; Mountain State University (W.Va.), 11th in the nation; and Lee University (Tenn.), No. 17 in the nation. The Hornets also beat two NCAA Division II teams on their home floors: St. Leo University in Tampa, Fla., and Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.