The Division Three NCAA men's basketball championship bracket is set after Monday's selection show, and for the first time in school history, the Vikings of Bethany Lutheran are heading to the tournament.
"It's a pretty awesome feeling, we had a goal when we came here as freshman that we wanted to turn this program around. It's a credit to the guys they've done a great job, we've worked hard, our coaching staff has prepared us for the moment, and we're really excited," said Brady Rose, BLC senior forward.
After winning the UMAC regular season and postseason titles, the Vikings now return to action in the NCAA tournament, where they'll face third ranked St. John's in the first round.
"St. John's is obviously a tough match–up, they're a really good team, tough conference, but it will be nice to stay in state for our fans, and family and friends, and our guys have been the underdog all year, we weren't picked to win the league, and we've got some guys that will be excited, prep for it, and we'll put our best product on the floor. It's March Madness so you'll never know what will happen," said Matt Fletcher, BLC head coach.
"We have a lot of guys that are unselfish, that they take pride in others success. I think our unselfishness is a unique quality to have. We have a great coaching staff that pushes us to our limits, so that combination really gets us going," said Bradley Rose, BLC senior guard.
"It's been a special ride here lately. It's kind of split into three seasons for us. We won the regular season, now we won the tournament, and now we have to start over and see if we can make a run," said Fletcher.
The Vikings hit the floor this Friday at 7:30 at St. John's.
--KEYC News 12