Panthers Headed To National Tournament

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The Greenville College men’s basketball team qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament by winning their conference tournament Saturday.

Coach George Barber said a great crowd attended the Greenville-Blackburn game at Greenville University, won by the Panthers 126 to 119.

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The Panthers have been assigned to the Augustana Regional and will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the host school. The other opening round game will be Augsburg against Hope. The winners Friday night play Saturday night for the right to advance to the next round.

Coach Barber said the trip to the national tournament is exciting for his team and the school as it’s their first such trip.

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The Panthers won the regular season SLIAC championship plus the conference tournament and enter the national tourney with a 19 and 8 record. Augustana, which finished second in the nation last year, is 22 and 5.