OC to host NCCAA Central Region men’s basketball tournament

Freshman guard Zach Norris and the Oklahoma Christian Eagles will host this season's NCCAA Central Region men's basketball tournament.
Freshman guard Zach Norris and the Oklahoma Christian Eagles will host this season's NCCAA Central Region men's basketball tournament.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 2, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian has been selected as the host school for the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region men’s basketball tournament, OC coach Dan Hays said Sunday.

The tournament is set to run from March 11-15, although all those days might not be used, depending on the number of teams that travel to OC for the event. Last year’s NCCAA Central Region tournament included nine teams and there was one first-round game on a Wednesday, then four quarterfinal games on Thursday, the semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Saturday.

This year’s tournament also will end on a Saturday. The regional champion will advance to the NCCAA Championship, set for March 19-22 in Winona Lake, Ind.

The Central Region tournament was set to be hosted by one of the NCCAA member schools in Texas this year, but they all declined the opportunity, leaving the event up for a bid. OC stepped in to fill the void, Hays said.

OC lost in the regional semifinals last season but received an at-large bid to the national tournament, eventually reaching the title game before falling in overtime to Shorter (Ga.).

This year’s Central Region women’s tournament will be held at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville for the second straight season, on the same dates as the men’s event. OC is the defending regional women’s champion.