C-SC draws Arizona Christian in first round of NAIA national tournament

Culver-Stockton College guard Jonathan Miller drives between two Graceland defenders during a game at Charles Field House earlier this season. (H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Mar. 13, 2014 1:28 am Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

CANTON, Mo. -- Jalen Jarrett wasn't expecting to see the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team's name pop up right away.

Yet, three teams into Wednesday night's unveiling of the NAIA Division I national tournament, there the Wildcats were.

C-SC (23-7) drew the No. 16 seed in the 32-team field and will face Arizona Christian (23-7) at 3 p.m. next Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

"I don't think anybody expected our name to pop up that quick," said Jarrett, a senior guard who transferred from Texas Permian Basin. "There were so many brackets, and we were the third team picked. I didn't expect it to be that quick. We got it out of the way."

The Wildcats gathered at the Gladys Crown Student Center on the C-SC campus to watch the tournament selection show along with some students and a handful of fans. The fact C-SC was making its second straight NAIA appearance tempered some of the excitement, along with the fact there wasn't much of a wait.

"When our name came up (last year), there was a little bit more of a cheer," C-SC coach Jack Schrader said. "It was new. This happened so fast that we didn't get to have the anticipation build up."

The Wildcats weren't overly disappointed.

"It was alright, but I mean it is what it is," said James Johnson, who leads C-SC at 19.4 points per game. "We know we got to go down there and deliver for them anyway. We got the whole (fan base) on our back."

The Wildcats have learned to appreciate that.

"It's good for the fans to come out to our gathering," Jarrett said. "It's good that people can come out and support us."


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