EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The road to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship continues for No. 1 Nova Southeastern. The top-ranked Sharks will take on fourth-seeded Cal. State San Bernardino on Thursday evening from the Ford Center. The matchup features the two programs that traveled the furthest to compete for the title – NSU (1,072 miles) and Cal. State San Bernardino (1,998 miles) and two of the most dominant programs in NCAA Division II.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
No. 1 Nova Southeastern advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history, defeating eighth-seed Missouri-St. Louis (82-75) in the Elite Eight. Will Yoakum continues to play exceptionally well, scoring a career-best 34 points in the victory.
No. 6 Cal. State San Bernardino, the fourth seed in the Elite Eight, handled Lincoln Memorial, defeating LMU 88-70, advancing to the Final Four for the second time in program history. The Yotes enter their matchup with the Sharks on a 16-game winning streak.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
The top-four seeds in the Elite Eight all won their first round matchup, marking the fourth time in tournament history since the reseeding of quarterfinal teams began in 2016.
No. 1 Nova Southeastern leads NCAA Division II in points-per-game (102.5), while Cal. State San Bernardino ranks seventh (88.5)
Brandon Knapper and Dontrell Shuler lead the Yotes, averaging 19.1 and 16.5 points, respectively.
Both the Sharks (34 consecutive wins) and the Yotes (16) enter the matchup riding lengthy winning streaks.
HOW TO WATCH
The Final Four matchup featuring the No. 1 Sharks and No. 6 Yotes will be streamed via CBS Sports Network. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET