posted March 8, 2009

Flying Dutch Headed to Kentucky for NCAA Sectional

The Flying Dutch are on the road again as they continue the NCAA tournament trail next weekend in Crestview Hills, Ky. for sectional play.

The NCAA announced today that Thomas More College will host the four-team sectional tournament on Friday and Saturday at its 1,200 seat Connor Convocation Center.

The Flying Dutch hosted the regional tournament this past weekend after playing 14 consecutive NCAA games on the road dating back to the 2003 season. Now the Flying Dutch will head to Thomas More College which is near Cincinnati, Ohio, about a six-hour, 340-mile drive from Holland.

Friday's sectional semi-final games will feature undefeated George Fox, Oregon (28-0) against Ogelthorpe, Georgia (27-3) in a 5 p.m. game and Hope (27-1) against the host Thomas More Saints (28-2) at 7 p.m. The Friday winners will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets will cost $7 for adults and $4 for students, children and senior citizens. For ticket availability call the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office, 616-395-7890, weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Flying Dutch advanced in the tournament by defeating Washington and Jefferson, Pa. 87-64 and Baldwin-Wallace, Ohio 69-53. Washington and Jefferson belongs to the same conference as Thomas More (Presidents Athletic Conference). Thomas More and W&J split their regular season games and Thomas More then defeated W&J in their conference tournament, 59-49.

Thomas More advanced to the sectional by defeating Randolph Macon, Va. 76-61 and then defending national runnerup Messiah, Pa., 57-50.

Hope has played Thomas More twice in recent years. The Flying Dutch defeated the Saints 77-37 in a home regular season game in 2000 and then in 2002 Hope defeated Thomas More 87-76 in a first round game of the NCAA tournament, also played in Holland.

Hope is playing the NCAA tournament for the 11th time. The Flying Dutch were national champions in 1990 and 2006. Thomas More is making its seventh NCAA appearance, including the third in-a-row. The Saints have yet to advance to the final four.

George Fox is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the field. The other is Illinois Wesleyan (29-0). A year ago Hope defeated George Fox 47-40 in a sectional semi-final game played in Texas. George Fox is in the tournament for the sixth time and is seeking to advance to the final four for the first time.

Ogelthorpe is seeking a return trip to the final four. The Stormy Petrels are the only team from last year's final four field to still be playing this year. Ogelthorpe is playing in the tournament for the fourth straight year.

Hope and the other remaining 15 teams are seeking to advance to the final four which will be hosted by Hope College at its DeVos Fieldhouse on March 20-21.