AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team will be making its first appearance in the NCAA National Tournament when the Southeast Regional begins this weekend at Augusta State University.
The third-seeded Hurricanes (20-8) will face sixth-seeded University of Montevallo (18-10) at noon on Saturday.
Southwestern is familiar with UM, having played the Falcons twice during the regular season in Peach Belt Conference play. GSW won 65-55 at Montevallo on Jan. 8 and defeated UM in Americus, 68-55, on Feb. 5.
This will be the first regional appearance by a team, in any sport, at GSW since the university joined NCAA Division II in 2006-07. Hurricane golfer Craig Gibson made history last spring when he became an individual qualifier for regional competition in the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in Wilson, N.C.
The GSW/Montevallo winner will play the winner of second-seeded Lincoln Memorial (27-2) and seventh-seeded Anderson (S.C.) (18-11) in one Sunday semifinal.
In the other half of the regional bracket, fifth-ranked and top-seeded Augusta State (28-3) will play eighth-seeded UNC Pembroke (18-11) in one quarterfinal, while fourth-seeded Queens University (20-7) will face No. 5 Limestone (23-6).
The regional championship game will be played Tuesday evening. The regional champion will advance to the Elite Eight, which will be held in Springfield, Mass., March 23-24, and 26.
Hurricane supporters and members of the team gathered in the Storm Dome on Sunday evening to watch the selection show.
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