TCU to host Regional Basketball Championships

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    TCU will host one of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) regional basketball tournaments for the second straight year.

    The 2015 Cowtown Regional Tournament will be held from March 6-8 at the University Recreation Center.

    Assistant Director of Campus Recreation Intramural Sports Sheldon Tate spoke about hosting the tournament.

    “It just kind of aligned that we would have an opportunity to put our name in for the bid to host,” Tate said. “We won because of the prime location, middle of Dallas and Fort Worth.”

    Tate said TCU’s “prime location” was huge in drawing a big number of teams to come play.

    “Last year we had the largest regional in the nation according to NIRSA stats,” Tate said. “This year I think we’re going to be a little bit bigger.”

    The NIRSA is broken down into six geographical regions spread all across the country, with Texas being a part of Region IV.

    The Cowtown Regional Tournament is just one of 12 NIRSA regional tournaments. Each team is competing for a spot in the NIRSA National Basketball Championships, which is held from April 17-19 at North Carolina State University.

    NIRSA National Basketball Championships Tournament Director Benjamin Strunk talked about the importance of the regional tournaments.

    “Teams that win a regional tournament are automatically qualified for the national tournament and the regional tournament pays their team registration,” Strunk said.

    The other spots for the championships are at large spots that teams can register and pay for, according to Strunk.

    Pool play for the Cowtown Regional begins Friday, March 6 at 4 p.m. Bracket play will be announced after the completion of pool play.

    The Women’s Championship is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at noon with the Men’s Championship following at 1:10 p.m.