Charlotte, NC - Both Johnson & Wales Charlotte basketball teams have qualified for the 2020 USCAA Division II National Championships. The tournament will be held March 7th - 11th in Uniontown, PA on the campus of Penn State-Fayette. 2020 marks the second consecutive year that both the men's and women's teams have qualified for the national championships. Johnson & Wales is one of only two schools in the country that can make that claim.
The tournament will begin on Saturday, March 7th with a skills competition. Shannon Martin from Women's Basketball is the defending Three Point Shooting Contest champion. Brandon Kostyk will represent Johnson & Wales in the men's Three Point Shooting Contest, while Donte Wiggins is scheduled to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. An awards banquet will follow the skills competition where USCAA National All-Academic Team Members, USCAA All-Americans, and Coach, Player, and Student-Athlete of the Year awards will be announced.
Women's basketball earned the 7th overall seed in this year's tournament on strength of an 11-12 record against a schedule that was rated the 4th toughest in the USCAA Division II this season. The Wildcats will take on 10th seeded Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in first round play on Sunday, March 8th at 10am. The Panthers (11-12) earned their bid to the national championships by winning the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament.
Men's basketball is the top seed for the first time in school history. The Wildcats set new school records for wins (22), winning % (.815), and points per game (92.9) this season. They were ranked #1 in all but one USCAA Coaches' Poll this season. They received a first round bye, and will await the winner of the game between 7th seeded Berkeley (NY) and 10th seeded Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Johnson & Wales will tip off their tournament on Monday, March 9th at 8pm.
Game schedules, brackets, live stats, and game broadcasts can all be found at basketball.theuscaa.com