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ETBU set to host opening rounds this week

By ETBU Sports Information
March 3, 2015 at 4 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Making a big splash into the 2015 NCAA Division III National Tournament, East Texas Baptist University will host the first and second rounds this week. Texas Lutheran, Hendrix College, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will be coming to Ornelas Gym to play.

This is the first appearance for ETBU in the NCAA Division III era as they received the American Southwest Conference automatic bid after winning their first tournament championship. ETBU last played in a national tournament in 1996-97 in the NAIA national tournament.

ETBU will release more information on the times and dates of the game later.

Forty-three conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2015 championship, while 19 other at-large teams from the remaining independent teams and automatic-qualifying conferences who did not receive their conference automatic qualification (Pool C) were selected by using specific selection criteria approved by the Division III Championships Committee.

Two first-round games will be conducted Thursday, with the winners advancing to play Saturday against teams that received first-round byes.

Fourteen sites will host four teams for first and second-round competition Friday-Saturday. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites March 13-14. Winners of the four sectional games will advance to the semi-finals and finals March 20 and 21.

All games, except the semifinals and finals, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions.

The semifinals and finals will be conducted at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

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