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Rocky earns third-straight NAIA National Tournament berth

BILLINGS, Mont. – March 12, 2015 – The Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears’ men’s basketball team will be playing in their third-straight Buffalo Funds – NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Tournament, to be held at the historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., March 18-24.

Rocky received the fourteenth at-large bid to the tournament. The Bears join fellow Frontier Conference members Lewis-Clark State College, who won the Frontier tournament, and Montana Western, who Rocky lost to in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.

The Bears (20-10) open their tournament against the No. 2-seeded Talladega (Ala.) College Tornadoes (29-4), champions of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The game is set for Thursday, March 19 at 1:15 Mountain Time.

This will be the Battlin’ Bears’ sixth trip to the national tournament under head coach Bill Dreikosen, and its ninth overall. The Bears won the 2009 National title.

“We are very happy to once again be heading to Kansas City,” Dreikosen said. “The kids are very excited to be capping off a nice season at the national tourney.”

“We don’t know much about Talladega right now, but know they are a very solid program and very deserving of the No. 2 seed.”