Potentially one of the best championship games in Division II history is around the corner as two sides with top offences, West Liberty and unbeaten and top-ranked Nova Southeastern, will take on each other in the 2023 Division II men’s basketball championship game on Saturday, March 25, at Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana.
West Liberty vs Nova Southeastern Basketball TV Channel
- Venue: Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana
- Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
- Start Time: 3 Pm ET
- TV Channel: CBS
For the first time since 2018, a new side will become the Division II men’s basketball national champion as both sides are playing for the national title first time in their program’s history.
Talking about West Liberty (33-3), they knocked out Black Hills State by 87-82 in the semi-final and will be looking to win the championship for the first time in the program’s history. They reached this far one time before (2014) but lost against Central Missouri.
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On Saturday, they’ll face their former long-time head coach Jim Crutchfield and their current head coach, Ben Howlett, who has both played and coached under the former. They have averaged 101.2 points, .383 three-pointers, 37.3% rebounds, 22.1 assists, 10.7 steals, and 24.6 points off turnovers per game.
Talking about their top performers, Bryce Butler is playing on another level. He was named the MEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and named the Atlantic Region Player of the Year as well. One of the top scorers in Division II averaged 22.1 points per game, shooting around 60% from the field.
On the other hand, unbeaten and top-ranked Nova Southeastern (35-0) beat CSU-San Bernardino by 94-87 in the semi-final, where Bryce Butler and Malik McKinney shined with 16 points each. In comparison, Chaz Hinds and Steve Cannady also played vital roles with 14 and 13 points, with the latter coming off the bench.
Nova Southeastern has progressed to the final for the first time in the program’s history and would like to make it count. Sharks are one of the top-5 teams in Division II from behind the arc and have averaged 103.8 points, .399 three-pointers, 40.1 rebounds, 21.5 assists, 12.2 steals, and 28.2 points off turnovers per game.
Looking at their squad, Will Yoakum has been on fire averaging 26 points per game in the NCAA tournament and will face his former side, where he played for five seasons. Another worth mentioning player for Nova Southeastern is RJ Sunahara, a tough defender both in the paint and the move who was named the SSC and South Region Player of the Year.
West Liberty vs Nova Southeastern Conclusion:
Nova Southeast and West Liberty are coming to this game with the longest winning streaks in the nation, 35 and 18 games, respectively. Moreover, both sides have explosive players with similar playing styles, bringing high intensity to each side of the floor.
Both teams have stamina and endurance and have entire starting fives averaging at least 10.5 points per game. If we dig deep into the stats, Nova Southeastern are slightly ahead in steals and points off of turnovers, but it doesn’t matter much in games like these.