It most definitely won’t be fewer than two, but probably won’t exceed four. The answer is only hours away as the eight-team NCAA Bowling Championship bracket will go public in a Selection Show to air live Wednesday on NCAA.com. Click here to access NCAA.com Selection Show.
Hoping to at least match, if not double, the conference’s representation from one year ago, Kutztown, New Jersey City, and Sacred Heart all hope to join defending NCAA champion Fairliegh Dickinson (103-19) at the national title tournament, which will unfold in Detroit, MI on April 14-16.
In addition to FDU, which dealt Nebraska a 4-to-3 loss during a riveting championship match, New Jersey City also represented the NEC on the national stage last April. Actually, the Gothic Knights did a lot more than just represent the NEC. NJCU served as the host institution for the meet, welcoming the NCAA’s top teams to Carolier Lanes in New Brunswick, NJ. Frank Parisi’s Gothic Knights, who have qualified for the NCAA Championships every year of the meet’s existence, were one of the final four teams left standing at the 2010 tournament.
New Jersey City (84-35), which posted a .667 win percentage in NEC play but went 1-2 at the conference championship meet on March 26, hopes to keep its streak of NCAA appearances alive.
FDU has qualified six out of a possible seven years, making it through to the semifinal each time. Sacred Heart (75-38), which fell to Adelphi (81-58) in the NEC semifinal, has made the NCAA field four times, but not since 2008.
Meanwhile, there is one NEC program hoping to introduce itself to the NCAA championships for the first time ever. In only its fourth season of existence, Kutztown (97-33) bowling has emerged as a national juggernaut under head coach Joe Ambrose. The Golden Bears, who won the inaugural NEC regular season crown back in 2008-09, have the fifth highest win percentage (.746) in the entire NCAA and hope that mark translates into a championship berth.
How Overtime Sees It…
Fairleigh Dickinson, Kutztown
On the Bubble
New Jersey City, Sacred Heart
Check Out FDU battling Adelphi in last Sunday’s NEC Championship Match at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, NJ.