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Owens Express Men's Basketball Competes in NJCAA Region XII Tournament, March 5-7
The Owens Community College men's basketball team begins its postseason run toward a third national title as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII (District 7) Men's Basketball Championships this weekend. The tournament will be held at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, Friday-Sunday, March 5-7.
Coached by Jim Welling, the Express will take a 22-7 overall record into the single elimination tournament, where they will play Edison State Community College at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5. If they would advance, Owens will battle Columbus State Community College at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The championship game will occur at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.
Other teams participating in the tournament include Lakeland Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Sinclair Community College, Edison State Community College, Cincinnati State Community College and Columbus State Community College.
Welling's teams have previously won seven Region XII championships to qualify for the national tournament. They also captured NJCAA national championships in 1992 and 1993 and finished as the national runner-up in 1994. The Express advanced to last year's NJCAA Division II National Championships by capturing the regional (District 7) title.
Owens completed their Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC) regular season in fourth place with a 7-7 record.
The NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships will be held Wednesday-Saturday, March 17-20 in Danville, Illinois.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.