UPIKE men’s basketball earns No. 4 seed, will face Talladega in first round of NAIA National Championship

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PIKEVILLE, Ky.. -- For the seventh year in a row and the 13th time overall, Pikeville Men’s Basketball is headed to Kansas City for the 2019 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

The Bears earned the No. 4 seed in the Duer Bracket and will face Talladega (Ala.) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Talladega earned an at-large bid out of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference after finishing second in the GCAC in the regular season. The Tornadoes were winners of eight straight games before being upset in the first round of the GCAC tournament.

Meanwhile, UPIKE comes into the DI Men’s Basketball Championship after making the Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinals before losing in triple overtime to Life. The Bears finished second in the MSC, and boast a 20-win season for the seventh straight season.

UPIKE will head to Kansas City looking to avenge last year’s squad that suffered a first-round upset to Langston. In the 12 years UPIKE has made the DI Men’s Basketball Championship, the Bears have amassed a 13-11 record, including winning the 2011 National Championship.

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