YORK, PA – The Capital Athletic Conference champion York College Spartans will travel to Centennial Conference champion Franklin & Marshall College to face the host Diplomats in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament as announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon.
The Spartans earned their berth in the tournament by virtue of their 59-51 win at Mary Washington in Saturday's CAC Championship game. F&M earned their fourth straight berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Centennial Conference for a record third straight time. The Dips downed Muhlenberg 71-55 on Saturday at the Mayser Center.
The Diplomats are 25-2 and ranked 12th in the nation according to d3hoops.com. The Spartans enter the NCAA Tournament with a mark of 18-10.
The contest features two of the most legendary coaches in Division III as a combined 77 years of head coaching experience will be on display. The amazing part of that experience is that all 77 years have occurred at their respective institutions. F&M's Glenn Robinson is 830-304 in his 41 years at the helm of the Diplomat program. York's Jeff Gamber is in the midst of his 36th and final season as the Spartans' head men's basketball coach. Gamber enters the tournament with a career mark of 493-424.
The Spartans faced four teams in the tournament and have posted a 2-4 record. The Spartans defeated Messiah 72-59 on November 22 in Grantham, PA and beat St. Mary's 61-58 in the CAC semifinals on the road on February 23. York lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point on November 19, to St. Mary's on December 7 and February 1, and to Cabrini on January 4.
Complete ticket information and more tournament coverage will be posted on www.ycpspartans.com as it becomes available.