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Mar 13, 2011 8:06 PM by Jordan Mason

Northern Colorado celebrates 1st NCAA bid

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Northern Colorado will make its first NCAA tournament appearance when it faces Mountain West tournament champion and No. 2 West seed San Diego State on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz.

The Bears got into the tournament after winning their first regular-season Big Sky championship. They followed it up by beating Montana 65-60 for their first Big Sky tournament title.

This from a program that played at the Division I level for the first time in 2006-07 and was first eligible for tournament play in 2007-08. And the Bears went just 4-24 in 2006-07.

Northern Colorado has just four postseason wins since 1994, one of which came when it was a member of the Division II Northern Central Conference.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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