CANTON, Mo. — The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team will open up play at the 76th Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I National Tournament at Municipal Auditorium against No. 5 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Kansas City, Mo. The announcement of the bracket was made by the NAIA Wednesday evening.
The Wildcats (24-8) are a No. 7 seed in the bracket's second quadrant. Lewis-Clark State is one of four teams to be seeded second in a quadrant. Lewis-Clark State is making its ninth appearance at the national tournament and first since 2008. The Warriors are 2-8 all-time in the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are making their sixth appearance in the tournament and first since 1959. C-SC is 3-5 all-time in the tournament and hasn't won a game in tournament play since upending Wichita State 55-51 in the first round of the 1946 tournament.
Lewis-Clark State (26-5) earned an at-large berth out of the Frontier Conference after losing in the semifinals of its conference tournament. The Warriors are led by PJ Bolte, who averages 17.1 points per game, and Jacob Champoux, who averages 12.5 points per game. Champoux leads the team in 3-point shooting, draining 54.3 percent of his attempts beyond the arc.
The game will feature two of the top scoring teams in the country. The Wildcats are ranked 13th nationally, averaging 82.2 points per game. Lewis-Clark is eighth, averaging 84.0 points per game. The Warriors also ranked first in rebounding margin with 10.8 rebounds more than their opponents per game. LCSC ranks second in field goal percentage (51.7) and scoring margin (20.7) and third in total assists (590).
The Wildcats also rank second in 3-pointers made per game (10.5) and overall 3-pointers made (347). C-SC ranks seventh in total blocks and 10th in total scoring (2,630).
Marshawn Norris leads the Wildcats, averaging 17.7 points per game. He is ranked fourth in total assists with 217 and fourth in total 3-pointer field goals made with 108.