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JUCO Tourney Preview

March 2, 2016
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JUCO Tourney Preview

The College of Central Florida will find it out quickly where it stands among the state’s top teams when both of its men’s and women’s basketball teams take part in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament at Patriot Gym.

The CF men will face defending NJCAA national champion Northwest Florida State in the opening round on Wednesday afternoon at 3, while the Lady Patriots host Gulf Coast State on Thursday at 1 p.m.

CF is hosting the men’s and women’s tournaments Wednesday through Saturday.

Wednesday the men’s schedule also features St. Petersburg vs. Palm Beach State (1 p.m.), Eastern Florida State vs. Tallahassee (6 p.m.) and Daytona State vs. Polk State (8 p.m.).

The women’s schedule Thursday also features Broward vs. Santa Fe (3 p.m.), Chipola vs. Eastern Florida State (6 p.m.) and Daytona State vs. Northwest Florida (8 p.m.).

On the men’s side, CF is making its 11th consecutive trip to the state tournament, which is good for second all-time since the state tournament began in 1961.

The Patriots (23-7) also surpassed the 20-win mark for the 11th straight year — the longest current streak in Florida.

They will run into a Raider team they have plenty of history with.

CF beat NWFS in the state semifinals and national title game in 2013, one year after losing in the state finals to the Raiders.

In the last meeting between the two in December 2014, CF lost at home during the Florida Colleges Shootout.

NWFS has played in three of the last four NJCAA national championship games.

The Raiders became the first program from Region 8 to win multiple national titles last year and gave Florida its fourth overall winner and second in three seasons.

This year, both CF and NWFS had to battle to qualify.

The Patriots clinched a share of its first Mid-Florida Conference championship since 2013, while the Raiders routed Tallahassee on the final day of the regular season to claim their second straight Panhandle Conference crown and fourth in five years.

On the women’s side, CF battled through injuries and clinched the MFC’s third spot to state.

The Patriots beat Hillsborough Community College on the final day of the regular season and earned the tiebreaker for the No. 3 spot thanks to winning the season series, 2-1, with FSC-Jacksonville.

CF is in the state tournament for the second year in a row.

It will take on a Gulf Coast program, led by legendary coach Roonie Scovel, whose team started off the year at 22-0.

The Commodores went 2-0 during the regular season against the Patriots, winning by an average of 21.5 points.

The semifinals for the men’s bracket will be Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 5 p.m. with the winner earning a national tournament berth March 14-19 in Hutchinson, Kan.

The women’s semis are Friday at 6 and 8 p.m. with the final at 7 on Saturday night. The winner earns a spot in the national tourney March 14-19 in Lubbock, Texas.

The Patriots clinched a share of its first Mid-Florida Conference championship since 2013, while the Raiders routed Tallahassee on the final day of the regular season to claim their second straight Panhandle Conference crown and fourth in five years.

On the women’s side, CF battled through injuries and clinched the MFC’s third spot to state.

The Patriots beat Hillsborough Community College on the final day of the regular season and earned the tiebreaker for the No. 3 spot thanks to winning the season series, 2-1, with FSC-Jacksonville.

CF is in the state tournament for the second year in a row.

It will take on a Gulf Coast program, led by legendary coach Roonie Scovel, whose team started off the year at 22-0.

The Commodores went 2-0 during the regular season against the Patriots, winning by an average of 21.5 points.

The semifinals for the men’s bracket will be Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 5 p.m. with the winner earning a national tournament berth March 14-19 in Hutchinson, Kan.

The women’s semis are Friday at 6 and 8 p.m. with the final at 7 on Saturday night. The winner earns a spot in the national tourney March 14-19 in Lubbock, Texas.

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