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Jimmies set to take on Talladega College in sweet 16

The Jimmies are looking for their second consecutive trip to the elite eight.

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The University of Jamestown men's basketball team's bench celebrates a three pointer by Marc Kjos during a game vs. Dordt on Feb. 19, 2022.
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Kansas City, M.O. — If the University of Jamestown has their way, the Municipal Auditorium will start to be referred to as Newman Arena South. The 10-hour bus ride down to Kansas City is a breeding ground for a tight-knit team, Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said.

“I think it’s a chance for us to really bond, go out to eat and do certain things,” Neville said. “It’s really nice here so we’ve been checking out downtown and walking around. It’s been cool to relax and gear up for our game.”

After making a run to the Elite Eight last season, the Jimmies return to Kansas City at 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, for a Sweet 16 game against Talladega College.

The No. 6-seeded Jimmies (26-9) come into the Sweet 16 off the backs of wins over No. 11-seeded Lewis-Clark State College and No. 3-seeded Carroll College. The No. 2-seeded Tornadoes (29-5) took down No. 15-seeded Washington Adventist and No. 7-seeded Cumberland College to advance to Kansas City.

This is the Jimmies second consecutive trip to the Sweet 16, and this is the Tornadoes first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2016.

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“We’re down here for the second year in a row and it feels different than the first time,” Neville said. “We don’t have those first-time jitters, we won a game last year too, and we feel like we could win a couple here.”

The Jimmies’ Mason Walters said that the athleticism of the Tornadoes will be something that his team has to work to get past.

In the Tornadoes losses this season, they have struggled in foul trouble, with at least two players picking up three or more fouls, which is something that Neville wants his team to take advantage of with their aggressiveness. The Jimmies' Will Cordes expanded on his coaches' sentiments.

"We're just going to play our offense and be aggressive on that end," Cordes said. "If we end up drawing a lot of fouls then that's just a nice bonus."

In all of the Tornadoes losses this season, they have shot 44% from the field or less, whereas the Jimmies are holding opponents to 44% from the field this season; something that Walters said he and his teammates want to continue.

“Just being ready to go on right away, put pressure on them,” Walters said. “We have to play them as a team, not one person can do it by themselves, play our team defense and collectively as a group getting it done.”

Neville echoed the sentiments of his star, while noting the team needs to avoid turning the ball over on offense.

“Offensively it’s dealing with their pressure and doing what we need to do to score and to really do well,” Neville said. “They present some problems defensively but I think if we can handle their pressure and get into our stuff we will be good.”

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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