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Morning Sports Report - March 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Drury University is celebrating the return to the NCAA tournament by the men and women's basketball teams. Dan Lucy has your Wednesday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Drury Panthers will start defense of their NCAA tournament national championship on the same floor they started last year.

Their home hardwood at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

For the second consecutive year, Drury will host the NCAA Midwest Regional.

And it will be a familiar cast of characters with five of the eight teams hailing from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Drury will open things up against Wisconsin Parkside Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.

The Panthers beat the Rangers on a last second play last month but lost in the GLVC semi's last week.

"We just have a lot of confidence knowing that we're back in the same place that we were last year," said Drury guard Kameron Bundy.  "Just having that great record in the season.  We have to come out in the post season and prove to everyone why we're number one.  Not that we'll forget about the loss.  We need to learn from that and come together as a team this week in practice.  And see what we can accomplish this weekend.."

"I'm not even thinking about next year," said Drury guard Drake Patterson.  "I thinking of this year.  It's win or go home.  I mean we can't hold anything back.  There's no reason that we can't give everything that we got."     

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Drury Lady Panthers are also hosting the NCAA Midwest Regional.

So for the first time in school history, Drury will host both a mens and womens regional in the same year.

And like the men, the Lady Panthers are the top seed.

Steve Huber's team will tip off the NCAA Tournament Friday night at six against Truman State.

Truman State is a first year member of the Great Lakes Valley but won the conference tournament after the Lady Panthers were stunned in the opening round.

The Drury women are 12-1 at home this season and are thrilled to get the Lady Panthers back into the NCAA tournament.

"That's really exciting because last year was kind of a struggle for us," said Drury forward Williamson.  "This year is super exciting to go from 14-13 to our awesome record this year.  To be in the NCAA tournament March Madness is such a great time.."

"I'm so excited.  At Minnesota I never got to the NCAA.  So being able to get here is a dream come true," said Drury center Amber Dvorak. "I'm so excited.  I'm with the best teammates, best coaches and best fans.  So I'm really excited."   

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