Three Frontier Conference men’s basketball teams are going dancin’.
Conference champion Carroll College earned an automatic bid and on Wednesday learned of its seeding at the 2018 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City.
Carroll (27-5) received a No. 2-seed and will face No. 7-seed Lindsey Wilson (23-8) of Kentucky on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Carroll ran through the Frontier Conference, sharing the regular season title and winning the postseason title for the second consecutive season. It’s Carroll’s third consecutive appearance in the NAIA championship and 12th total.
Lindsey Wilson also won its conference tournament, winning the Mid-South Conference to make its 12th NAIA tournament appearance and first since 2013.
LW finished the regular season as the No. 5 team in conference, but put together a remarkable run, upsetting Cumberlands, No. 9 Georgetown and Campbellsville to claim the Mid-South.
Frontier Conference runner-up and No. 11-ranked (3) Montana Western (25-7) drew (6) No. 23-ranked SAGU (24-9) in the first round.
Western split the Frontier Conference regular season title with Carroll, before falling to the Saints in the postseason championship. It’s the Bulldogs’ fourth consecutive trip the national tournament.
SAGU won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship to automatically qualify for nationals. SAGU entered its tournament as the No. 3-seed and string together three wins, including a win over 2017 NAIA champion Texas Wesleyan in the semifinals, to punch a ticket to Kansas City .
No. 20-ranked Lewis-Clark State College earned a five-seed as the third member to represent the Frontier Conference this season. The Warriors have a first-round date No. 14 (4) LSU-Alexandria.
The Warriors finished third in the Frontier Conference and advanced to the semifinals of the Frontier Conference playoffs before falling to Western in Dillon. It’s the fourth consecutive season the Warriors have advanced to the national tournament.
LSU-Alexandria won the Red River Athletic Conference tournament to advance to its fourth consecutive NAIA tournament.