Richmond, Va. – The Dean College men's basketball team has secured the seventh seed in the upcoming United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament it was revealed on Monday evening via a prerecorded video selection show.
The Bulldogs (15-10) will face off with a familiar foe when they arrive in Uniontown, Pa. on the campus of Penn State Fayette. For the second consecutive season, Dean will face the University of Maine Fort Kent. The Bengals, who enter the tournament seeded second and sporting a 21-7 overall ledger, knocked the Bulldogs out of the tournament in 2017 with a 76-63 win.
This year's edition of the rivalry will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00 PM – almost exactly a year from last season's meeting on March 1.
Both teams feature a pair of high-scoring guards that ignite their high-flying offenses. The Bengals (81.4 ppg) are led by Anthony Knight (18.8 ppg), an extremely efficient scorer who has 12 games this season with 20 points or more, including a pair of 30+ point performances and 18 games where he has shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Dean (80.3) counters with newcomer Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), who is averaging 18.3 points per outing and has been in double figures in all 24 games he has played in this season. He is the only player in Division I of the USCAA to rank in the top ten in scoring and assists (seventh in both) and he is also fifth in free throw percentage.
The winner of this contest will face the winner of third-seeded Florida College and sixth-seeded Oakwood College on Thursday night at 10:00 PM in the national semifinals.