For the sixth year in a row, the Central Penn College Knights men’s basketball team received a bid to the USCAA Basketball National Tournament in Uniontown, Pa. The Knights enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, ending their regular season play with a 24-8 record. Five of those losses were against NCAA Division I teams. Leading the conference for points in the season (2,828), field goals per game (36.6), and points per game (97.5), the Knights are once again a strong contender for the championship.
“This shows the hard work that has gone into the last couple years, and building it from Coach Baker to where we are now,” said first year Head Coach Dave Archer. “The biggest thing for us is going to be sticking to our blueprint. Our blueprint for this year has been playing fast, playing harder than anyone put in front of us, and most importantly, staying together.”
Before the bid day announcement, former head coach Dave Baker reflected on how far the athletic program at Central Penn College has come. “When we made the commitment to compete in the USCAA, I don’t think we realized what an impact that would have on our community. It used to be that athletics wasn’t a huge drawing point for the college, it was an add-on. The USCAA has given us the opportunity and a platform to create an equal playing field with schools of our size,” he said. “Now, we’re proud to say that there is no school in this region of the country that plays the schedule that we play, including competing against several NCAA Division I teams. Over the past six years, we have played either the first or second most difficult schedule in the country and that has helped us achieve our national ranking.”
Players and coaches will travel to western Pa. next week for the tournament. Play begins on Wednesday, March 1, with the championship game held on March 4. You can view the USCAA Bid Day announcement by clicking here.