Below is some helpful information for Arkansas Tech University basketball fans who plan on following the nationally top-ranked Golden Suns as they pursue a national championship at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in St. Joseph, Mo., March 22-25.
Arkansas Tech earned its second consecutive NCAA South Region title and its fourth region crown since 1998 by defeating Delta State 85-77 on Monday night.
Click here to read more about the Golden Suns' victory over the Lady Statesmen.
About The NCAA Elite Eight
The champions of eight NCAA Division II regions from across the country will converge at the St. Joseph Civic Arena for the national quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 22.
The first game of the day will tip-off at noon. Nationally second-ranked Clayton State (Ga.) will take on nationally 15th-ranked Bentley College (Mass.) in the opening game of the Elite Eight.
Nationally 10th-ranked Metropolitan State (Colo.) will face Shaw University (N.C.) at 2:30 p.m. Shaw is the Cinderella of the tournament. It won the Atlantic Region as a No. 8 seed.
Next up will be the showcase game of the opening day of the NCAA Elite Eight. Top-ranked Arkansas Tech will face nationally third-ranked Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. Michigan Tech is making its third consecutive NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
The quarterfinal round will conclude at 8:30 p.m. with a contest between nationally 19th-ranked Northwest Missouri State and nationally 23rd-ranked Cal Poly Pomona.
Cal Poly Pomona will be the only program in the NCAA Elite Eight field that has ever won the NCAA Division II women's basketball national championship. The Broncos were national champions in 1982, 1985, 1986, 2001 and 2002.
Three of the four winningest programs in NCAA Division II women's basketball history in terms of all-time victories be in St. Joseph --- Bentley (2nd, 869), Arkansas Tech (3rd, 849) and Cal Poly Pomona (4th, 840).
The national semifinals will be played at 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and the national championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25.
Click here to view the complete NCAA Division II Tournament bracket.
Tickets for the NCAA Elite Eight are available for purchase.
Arkansas Tech has 100 all-session passes that it will sell until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Those tickets can be purchased at a cost of $37 each in the Tucker Coliseum Green and Gold Club office. Call (479) 968-0337 for details.
Click here to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.
Fans can also acquire tickets for the NCAA Elite Eight by calling the St. Joseph Civic Arena at (816) 271-4717.
A pass for premium seating throughout the NCAA Elite Eight is $37. Single-session tickets range from $10-$25.
Click here for detailed ticket information.
About St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Mo., is located 411 miles from Russellville, Ark. It is 50 miles north of Kansas City, Mo., on Interstate 29. The town's population count is 76,780.
Click here for more information about St. Joseph, its history and information for visitors.
Events for Fans
The host institution for the NCAA Elite Eight, Missouri Western State University, has planned several fan activities for the week of the tournament.
Click here for more information.
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