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M. Basketball - Bracket set for NJCAA D-II Men's Basketball Tournament

03/15/17

M. Basketball - Bracket set for NJCAA D-II Men's Basketball Tournament

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The seeds have been designated the bracket has been set for the 2017 NJCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Tournament next week at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill.

Johnson County Community College (24-8), the District 5 winner, will take on No. 4 seed Parkland College (27-3) on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. CST. This will be a matchup between two of the top free throw shooting teams in the country. Parkland ranks fifth nationally with a team free throw accuracy mark of 73.2. One spot back at 73.0 are the Cavaliers. They are also side-by-side in the national rankings in 3-point accuracy. JCCC has the edge over the Cobras in this category, hitting 39.8 attempts beyond the arch, 11th-best in the country. Parkland is at No. 12 connecting on 39.5 attempts.

Johnson County will be making its fifth appearance in the NJCAA D-II Tournament, and sixth over at nationals. Their last appearance was in 2012, where the Cavaliers came away with a tie for ninth place.  In 2001 and 2009, head coach Mike Jeffers guided those team to a national championship.                             

Johnson County has an all-time record of 8-4 in tournament play. Their eight victories tie for 19th all-time in tournament history.

Johnson County had two players named to the All-Region VI D-II team this season. Freshman guard Anthony Lupardus was named to the first-team, and freshman guard Nick Larkin was a second-team selection.

Lupardus leads the Cavaliers in points (505), points per game average (15.8) and free throws made (81). He also second in assists (132/4.1), steals (43/1.3), 3-point field goals (66) and free throw accuracy (.835). He has scored in double figures in 29 of 32 games this year, including seven of 20 or more points.

Larkin, a three-time conference player of the week selection, averages 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.0 steals. He also shooting 51 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent at the charity stripe. Larkin also leads the Kansas Jayhawk D-II Conference and ranks 10th in the NJCAA average assists per game.

Parkland is appearing in Danville for the second straight year, and their seventh trip to the national tournament overall. Last year’s squad placed sixth in the tournament. The team’s best finish was in 1986 when they captured the title

Parkland has only player who averages double digits scoring, but does have eight players that average between seven and nine points. Their leader is Cornelius McIntosh, a sophomore 6-4 guard out of Chicago. He averages 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He also is converting 84 percent of his free throw attempts.

Sophomore forward Luke Beesley is the team’s top rebounder at 71 per game. He also averages 7.9 points per game.

To follow the Cavaliers run through the 2017 NJCAA Division II Tournament, log on to the official website of the championship.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.