Cal Poly basketball team makes first NCAA Tournament appearance
March 17, 2014
The Cal Poly men’s basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its 20-year history as a Division 1 school.
The squad did so by winning the Big West Conference Tournament Saturday night in Anaheim. Cal Poly enters the NCAA Tournament with a 13-19 record, the worst among 68 participants.
Cal Poly will play Texas Southern (19-14) in an opening round game Wednesday in Dayton Ohio. The winner will play top-seeded and 34-0 Wichita State in St. Louis on Friday.
The Mustangs entered the conference tournament Thursday sporting a 10-19 record and having lost nine of their last 11 games. Cal Poly then blew out UC Santa Barbara Thursday, edged by UC Irvine on Friday and squeaked out a 61-59 win against Cal State Northridge in the championship game Saturday night.
Wednesday’s game against Texas Southern will tip off at 3:40 p.m. TRU TV will broadcast the game.