Never has so much excitement been generated at Central Baptist College by a Facebook notification.
The Mustangs, who finished a 21-8 regular season and No. 2 in the American Midwest Conference, found out on the selection announcements on social media they have gain an at-large berth in the 32-team NAIA national tournament, the first in the school's history.
CBC was ranked 22nd in the final two regular-season polls and were No. 24 on the bracket reveal.
“What a great accomplishment for our team,” said first-year coach Chris Wright. “I am so incredibly happy for our guys and for everyone in our program. So many people told me we couldn’t do this here, and we did it in our first season.”
CBC will be a No. 6 seed in the Naismith Bracket and will face the 3-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) Tigers out of the Mid-South Conference in the first round. game will be played on Wednesday, March 14, at 1:15 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
CBC made it to the semifinals of the AMC tournament where it was defeated by eventual champions Harris-Stowe State. If the Mustangs win two games, they will tie the school record of 23 wins, set last season.
“Today is a really special day because so many people play a huge role in it,” Wright continued. “This doesn’t happen without the four years of work coach Wes Sullivan put into the program. He brought them so far in his time here and I am really thankful for him.
"This often doesn't happen without the support of our AD Lyle Middleton and Ryan Johnson( vice president for enrollment management).”