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October 22, 2012

Vikings and Bees will meet for last time on December 5

Former Vikings all-conference performer Kyle Nelson hammers down a dunk at the end of Augustana's 80-73 win over St. Ambrose on December 8, 2010. The two Quad City teams will meet for the 94th (and last) time on December 5, 2012 in the Carver Center - ending a series that began in 1912-13 and which Augustana leads 59-34.

The spirited local men’s basketball rivalry with St. Ambrose will come to an end for the foreseeable future after this season as Augustana looks to enhance its position in the NCAA tournament selection process. The teams will meet for the 94th time on December 5, 2012 at Carver Center.

Both Augustana Director of Athletics Mike Zapolski and head coach Grey Giovanine expressed regret at having to end the storied rivalry.

“Our decision to not schedule future basketball games against St. Ambrose is based completely upon putting our program in the best position possible to qualify for the NCAA Tournament,” said Zapolski. “The current selection criteria place an emphasis on playing games against NCAA Division III opponents, and as a former committee member (2007-10); I can assure you that one additional win can make the difference in the final Pool C (at large) selections. Any of our team sports contending for NCAA post-season play are well-served by playing a complete non-conference schedule against NCAA Division III opponents.”

Giovanine added, “We are penalized for playing the St. Ambrose game, regardless of outcome, by the NCAA selection committee, as it leaves us one game short of a full schedule in the way they consider NCAA post-season selection. I regret that the rules discourage us from going forward with what has been a competitive series with local interest, but we have to do what is in the best interest of the students in our program.”

The rivalry began during the 1912-13 season with Augustana claiming a 34-22 win. From 1927-28 through 1943-48, the teams played twice each year with the exception of 1944-45, when they did not meet. After a 17-year hiatus, the series picked up again with two meetings each season between 1965-66 and 1970-71. The Bees and Vikings met three times during the 1971-72 season, with Augustana winning all three, including the first game ever played at Carver Center. The teams have met once a year since 1991, with the exception of 2009-10 when St. Ambrose stepped aside, opening up a date for the Vikings to play at Division I Gonzaga.

Augustana holds a 59-34 edge in the series and has won the last four meetings and eight of the last 10.

2012-13 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN’S BA SKETBALL SCHEDULE

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

TIME

November 15

Aurora

Aurora, Illinois

7:30 p.m.

November 20

St. Norbert

DePere, Wisconsin

7:30 p.m.

November 24

Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

7:00 p.m.

November 27

Wisconsin-Platteville

HOME

7:30 p.m.

November 29

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

HOME

7:30 p.m.

December 5

St. Ambrose

HOME

7:30 p.m.

December 8

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

7:00 p.m.

December 11

Knox

HOME

7:30 p.m.

December 13

Fontbonne

St. Louis, Missouri

7:00 p.m.

December 16

MacMurray

Jacksonville, Illinois

4:00 p.m.

December 20

Loras

HOME

7:30 p.m.

January 2

*North Park

HOME

7:00 p.m.

January 5

*Carthage

Kenosha, Wisconsin

7:00 p.m.

January 9

*Illinois Wesleyan

Bloomington, Illinois

7:30 p.m.

January 12

*North Central

Naperville, Illinois

7:00 p.m.

January 16

*Wheaton

HOME

7:30 p.m.

January 19

*Elmhurst

HOME

7:00 p.m.

January 23

*Millikin

Decatur, Illinois

7:30 p.m.

January 26

*North Park

Chicago, Illinois

7:00 p.m.

January 30

*Illinois Wesleyan

HOME

7:30 p.m.

February 2

*Carthage

HOME

7:00 p.m.

February 6

*Wheaton

Wheaton, Illinois

7:30 p.m.

February 9

*North Central

HOME

7:00 p.m.

February 16

*Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Illinois

7:00 p.m.

February 19

*Millikin

HOME

7:30 p.m.

February 22

CCIW Semifinal

TBA

6:00/ 8:00 p.m.

February 23

CCIW Championship

TBA

7:30 p.m.