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Mon, Mar. 4, 2013

22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship—No. 25 Midland University vs. No. 8 Eastern Oregon University

NAIA Men's Basketball

Game Time: In first round action, No. 25 Midland University will face No. 8 Eastern Oregon University on March 6th in Point Lookout, Mo. Tipoff from College of the Ozarks' Keeter Gymnasium is scheduled for 10:15 a.m.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. CST on the first three days of competition, with eight games scheduled each day. Quarterfinal action tips off at 1 p.m. on March 9 with the semifinals slated for March 11 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The championship final, which will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, will start at 8 p.m. on March 12.

NeuLion, the NAIA's official video streaming company of 12 select NAIA National Championship events, will be broadcasting the first 30 games from Point Lookout, Mo. An all-tournament pass (30 games) is available for $29.95, while a single day pass can be purchased for $9.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
For information on the 2013 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, click here.


Season Overview: For the first time in over a decade the Midland University men's basketball team was awarded with an at large bid to be one of the 32 teams to compete for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The trip to the national stage will be the University's first since 2000 and just the third in the program's history. The Warriors earn the bid after mounting a 19-win season with 12 GPAC wins and three victories over nationally ranked opponents. They also head into the tournament ranked No. 25 in the final NAIA National Coaches' Top 25 Poll.


Eastern Oregon recorded 28 wins in the 2012-2013 season, the most wins in EOU history by a men's basketball team. They tied for first place in the CCC with 17 wins and 3 losses which marks the first conference championship under head coach, Isaac Williams.  The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 8 in this week's NAIA Div. 2 coaches' poll, dropping four spots from the previous week.


Matchup By The Numbers:

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About Midland: Heading into the NAIA National Tournament, senior James Parrott, a First Team All-GPAC selection, leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game, while averaging team-highs in steals (1.9) and blocks (2.3). All-conference senior Jerome Vaughn paces the team in rebounds with 7.1 rebounds per game, and junior Ben Imig, also an all-conference athlete, leads in assists averaging 3.6 assists per game.


About Eastern Oregon: Defensively, Eastern Oregon is led by, junior Michael Crane, 2012-2013 Cascade Collegiate Conference's defensive player of the year. Senior, Trent Roos, a First Team All-CCC selection, averages 13.5 points per game and hits 42 percent of his attempted three-point shots. All-conference senior Anthony Brown averages a double-double 7.5 rebounds and 11.4 points per contest.  JD Esters currently ranks 14th in Division II in Total Assists and assists per game and 15th in total assists. He also leads the CCC in assists.


The Coaches: Todd Eisner is in his second year as head coach of Midland University's men's basketball program. In 2011-12 Eisner led Midland University to a school record 19 wins in his first campaign, which included a fourth place finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 12-8 record. The 11-win improvement from the previous year was the second best improvement in all of NAIA Division II. Eisner has been a head coach at the NAIA level for 14 seasons and has had tremendous success during his tenure at four different institutions. His overall head coaching record is currently 340-138 (71% winning percentage), an average of over 24 wins per season. During this time, Eisner's squads have won seven conference championships, qualified for the NAIA national tournament eight times and were NAIA Division II national runner-up twice, in 2004 and 2008, while in his first season the Warrior squad was the first Midland team to host a GPAC quarterfinal tournament game when they defeated Morningside to advance to the GPAC semifinals.


Isaac Williams enters his third season as the men's head basketball coach at Eastern Oregon University, after being an assistant coach since 2004.In his first year as the head coach at EOU, Williams led the team to a 23-9 record and a second-place finish in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Mountaineers earned a trip to the NAIA national tournament where the team made it to the round of 16. Last season, Eastern returned to the national tournament and the round of 16, before finishing with a 26-7 record. The 26 wins equaled the school record for wins in a season. The Mountaineers equaled or broke 17 school records in 2010-11. Over the past five years, Eastern Oregon has finished with at least 20 wins. Entering the 2011-12 season, EOU has been in a school-record 22 straight NAIA Top 25 polls and 27 of the last 28 polls. During his time at Eastern, the Mountaineers have enjoyed the most success in the basketball program's history. Williams has been a part of a team that has been a combined 121-62 and won or shared back-to-back Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season championships. In addition, the Mountaineers advanced to the sweet 16 and to the elite eight at the NAIA national tournament in 2008 and 2009, respectively.


Upcoming: The winner of first round game will move on to the tournament's second round on Wednesday, March 8, with time and opponent to be determined. The game will conclude the losers season.