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Men's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 13, 2014

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team was upended in the semifinal round of the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Basketball Championship Tournament to Georgetown College on Saturday 76-69 in overtime.  The loss moved the Patriots to 19-11 overall, but still was an impressive enough showing in the tournament to move UC into the final NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

UC jumped into the poll at #24 in the final edition of the Top 25 poll.  The Patriots received 61 total voting points.  Cal State San Marcos came away with the final #1 ranking of the 2013-14 season as the postseason starts.  The Cougars received 9 of the 10 first place votes and 250 total voting points.  The University of Pikeville (Ky.) received the final first place vote and sits at #2 with 242 total voting points. 

Other notable teams in the NAIA Top 25 include Emmanuel College (#7), Freed-Hardeman (#9), and Georgetown College (#16).  Others that received votes include Life University, St. Catharine, and Belhaven University. 

With the #24 ranking and a solid effort in the postseason, the Patriots secured an at-large bid into the 77th Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament in Kansas City, MO.  They will take on #9 seed and NAIA #10 ranked Rocky Mountain College.  The Battlin' Bears, the regular season champions of the Frontier Conference, went 23-7 overall this season and 12-4 in conference play.  They were very impressive at the end of the season winning 10 of their final 11 games, including the Frontier Conference Tournament Championship over Westminster 93-64. 

The game between UC and Rocky Mountain will be on Wednesday March 19th at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Tipoff is set for 11:45 am eastern time.  The winner of that contest will take on the winner of the game between St. Thomas (Texas) and #8 Emmanuel (Ga.) on Friday March 21st at 10:00 am eastern time. 

For more information on the Patriot Men's Basketball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.