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Truman State basketball players and coaches talk about going to the NCAA D2 Tournament

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For the first time in 60 years of NCAA membership, the Truman State University men's basketball program will make back-to-back appearances in the national tournament. For the Bulldogs, this appearance marks their eighth as a member of the NCAA and sixth since joining the ranks of Division II.

Sunday night, the field of 64 was announced and the Purple and White were given the seven seed in the Midwest Region just like a year ago. Truman (20-10) will face the two seed and winner of its second-consecutive (fifth overall) Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament title, No. 4 Bellarmine (28-2). The game will be played on Saturday, March 10 inside the top-seeded Ferris State Bulldogs' Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. with tip set for 2:30 p.m. eastern time.

"We are very excited to continue our season in the NCAA Tournament," said head coach, Chris Foster. "This team has grown and improved over the course of the season as much as any team that we have had here at Truman. We look forward to the challenges ahead and are thankful for the opportunity to continue our season."

Third-seeded Findlay (26-4) will do battle with sixth-seeded Drury (21-7) in the first quarterfinal matchup at 12 p.m. After Bellarmine and Truman, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champ and top seed, No. 2 Ferris State (32-1), will face the No. 8 seed and winner of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, Ohio Dominican (20-10) at 6 p.m. The fourth and final quarterfinal matchup on Saturday will pit fourth-seeded Lake Superior State (24-7) against fifth-seeded Hillsdale (21-9) at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for the NCAA Regional will be $15 per session for adults and $10 for students. All other ticket information can be found by clicking HERE.

The tournament's eight regional champions will advance to the quarterfinals in conjunction with the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Elite Eight set for March 21-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D. A comprehensive preview with all you need to know about Truman's first-round game with Bellarmine will be available later in the week right here at TrumanBulldogs.com.

Courtsey Truman State University

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