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Basketball - Wed, Mar. 15, 2017

Kansas City- MO -The 80th Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship is about to tip-off for #6 Grand View (20-10) as they take on #3 Pikeville (Ky.) (26-7), Thursday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. in Kansas City, Missouri at Municipal Auditorium. 


Game Notes: Grand View is making its first NAIA Division I national championship appearance and making its first trip to either national event since the 2010 NAIA Division II championship ... Pikeville is 2-2 in first round games over the last four national championship events, falling in last season's opening round to William Jessup (Calif.) ... Vikings center Alex Welsch scored a career-high 22 points in the the team's Heart Tournament loss to Missouri Valley, and enters the tournament ranked No. 6 in the NAIA in blocks (2.1) . Grand View ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.290), No. 3 in free throw percentage (.765), and No. 5 in field goal percentage defense (.399) ... Pikeville is 19-0 this season when leading at halftime, 13-1 when shooting at least 35 percent from three-point range, and 11-0 when recording 15 or more assists.

2017 Postseason
GVU - L, 88-93 vs Missouri Valley
UP - W, 82-62 vs Cumberland (Tenn.); W, 74-67 vs Georgetown (Ky.); L, 63-78 vs Life (Ga.)


NAIA Division I History
GVU - 1st appearance
UP - 11th appearance (5th consecutive), 11-9 all-time record


Statistical Comparison
Points Scored: GVU - 85.8; UP - 77.3
Points Allowed: GVU - 77.2; UP - 64.5
FG Pct.: GVU - .468; UP - .457
Opp FG Pct.: GVU - .399; UP - .424
3FG Pct.: GVU - .351; UP - .327
FT Pct.: GVU - .765; UP - .685
Rebound Margin: GVU - +1.4; UP - +2.7
Turnover Margin: GVU - (-)1.1; UP - +4.9


Statistical Leaders
Scoring: GVU - Chase Mullen (15.5); UP - Darrion Leslie (14.2)
Rebounding: GVU - Jjuan Hadnot (7.6); UP - Michael Lewis (7.4)
Assists: GVU - Mullen (5.0); UP - Trey Rakes (2.2)
Steals: GVU - Mullen (1.1); UP - Rze Culbreath (1.5)
Blocked Shots: GVU - Alex Welsch (2.1); UP - Lewis (1.7)
FG Pct.: GVU - Jay Schon (.660); UP - Leslie (.590)
3FG Pct.: GVU - Kerry Green (.367); UP - Rakes (.387)
FT Pct.: GVU - .765; UP - Rakes (.807)

Radio Coverage – Mark Amadeo on gvvikings.com - https://portal.stretchinternet.com/grandview/  or 88.1FM KDPS Radio                               

Tournament Stats page-  includes live game stat links http://www.dakstats.com/websync/Pages/Tournament/TournamentPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&tour=2103

Video Streaming The first 30 games of the national championship will be video streamed live on www.NAIANetwork.com. Fans can watch with a paid subscription. The championship final will be on ESPN3 on March 21 at 7 p.m. CST.
ESPN3 Coverage (Click here to gain access to ESPN3) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is excited to announce that the championship final game of all four NAIA Basketball National Championship tournaments will be available on ESPN3.
Division I Men's Basketball (#NAIAShowtime)
• March, 21 7 p.m. CDT | National Championship final | Watch HERE on ESPN3
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